About

Currently, I am a final year PhD researcher on an ERC-funded project ‘Embedding Conquest: Naturalising Muslim Rule in the Early Islamic Empire (600-1000),’ supervised by Petra Sijpesteijn at Leiden University. My dissertation entitled “Framing the Conquests: Early Muslim Domination of Bactria 652-750 CE” discusses the process of the conquests and the naturalization of early Muslim rule in Bactria. Unlike the previous researches that are mostly based on the Arabic historical narratives, I utilise an inclusive methodology, in which all the relevant documents written in Bactrian, Sogdian, Middle Persian and Arabic have been used alongside coins, inscriptions, seals, and sealings discovered from the region, in light of archeological reports, and the literary sources (Chinese, Arabic and Persian).


 

Based on a systematic analysis of these sources, my dissertation argues that the early Muslim conquests of Bactria was not simply the result of a series of military operations initiated by early Muslims. In contrast, the conquests became possible because the local politics provide space for early Muslim to function. Bactria was a place where political fragmentation, ethno-linguistic and religious diversity were the established social-political phenomenon. The fragmentation and the diversity were the outcomes of Bactria being part of the Frontier Zone between contesting sedentary and nomadic empires of the Sasanians, the Chionites, the Hephthalites and the Western Turk, and its Shatter Zone geographical characteristics. The local political elites tried to use early Muslim forces for their own political agenda, but that provide space for expansion and consolidation of early Muslim authority in the region. Though, the local political elites pulled early Muslims to their own politics, at the end, they became part of the Islamic empire and the agencies behind the expansion of Islam further into south and central Asia.

Education

·        In the Netherlands


PhD Candidate on the ERC-funded project ‘Embedding Conquest: Naturalising Muslim Rule in the Early Islamic Empire (600-1000)’, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Leiden University, June 2017 to June 2021. Dissertation: “Framing the Conquest: Early Muslim Domination of Bactria 652-750 CE”.


 

MA in History, Department of Global and Colonial Studies, Leiden University, September 2016- June 2017. Dissertation: “The First Islamic Millennium and the Making of the Tarikh-i Alfi in the Sixteenth Century Mughal India”.


 


BA in History, Department of Global and Colonial Studies, Leiden University, September 2015- June 2016. Dissertation: “Representation of Timur in the Seventeenth Century Dutch Sources: An Element of Eurasian Continuum”.


 


·        In India


 


MPhil in Medieval History (Central and South Asia), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, August 2014- July 2015.


 


MA in Medieval History (Central and South Asia), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, August 2012- July 2014.


 


BA (Highest Honors) in Persian and Central Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, August 2009- July 2012

Publications

Huseini, Said Reza, “Conquest through Negotiation: The Arab Takeover of Qom in Sasanian Iran,” Leiden Islam Blog, (Leiden University, December 06, 2019), available online http://www.leidenislamblog.nl


 


——–, “Medieval Tibet in Perso-Islamic Sources,” Journal of Himalayan and Central Asian Studies 18, 4, CHINA SPECIAL (New Delhi, October-November, 2013): 251-283.


 


——–, “Destruction of Bamiyan Buddha: Taliban Iconoclasm and Hazara Response,” Journal of Himalayan and Central Asian Studies 16, 2, BAMIYAN SPECIAL (New Delhi, April-June, 2012): 15-50.


 


——–, “Critical Approach to Holiness of Chishme Shafa: The cult of Anahita,” Hamazor: The World Zoroastrian Organization 3 (Karachi, 2012).


 


·        Forthcoming


Huseini, Said Reza, “Thinking in Arabic, writing in Sogdian: Arab Sogdian Diplomatic Relation in the early eight Century.” In Proceeding Volume, Documents and Manuscripts in the Arab-Islamic World: The Seventh International Society for Arabic Papyrology (ISAP) Conference (Berlin, 20-23 March, 2018), edited by Andreas Kaplony. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming (early 2021).


——–, “The Idea and Practice of Justice represented in Bactrian Documents,” Association for Iranian Studies, forthcoming (Newsletter, October 2020).


——–, “Acts of Protection represented in Bactrian Documents,” Special issue, Annales Islamologiques, forthcoming (2021).


——–,With Muslims against Muslims: Role of Bactrian local Elites in the Rebellion of Harith b. Suraij in Late Umayyad Khurasan (734-746),” Special issue, Al-‘Usur al-Wusta, forthcoming (2021).


 


——–, The Muqaddam represented in the pre-Mongol Persian Documents from Ghur,” Afghanistan (October 2021).


 

Gommans, Jos and Said Reza Huseini, “Akbar’s Millennial History: Neoplatonic Kingship at the Edge of Space and Time.” In Sacred Kingship, edited by A. Azfar Moin and Alan Strathern. Colombia University Press, forthcoming (Fall 2021).


Gommans Jos and Said Reza Huseini, “Neoplatonism and the Pax Mongolica in the Making of Sulḥ-i Kull: A View from Akbar’s Millennial History,” Special Issue, Modern Asian Studies, forthcoming (2021).

Projects

·        Supervised Publication work in Afghanistan (Books in Persian)  


 

Shah, Idries, 1983. The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasruddin. Translated by Ahmad Ghulami entitled Laṭifahā-yi Bāwar Nakardan-i Mullā Naṣruddīn, edited by Sarwar Maulayi. Kabul: Amiri Publication, 1394/2015.


 


Shah, Idries, 1976. The Book of the Book. Translated and edited by Said Reza Huseini entitled Kitāb-i Kitāb. Kabul: Nashr-i Wazha, 1394/2015.


 


Shah, Idries, 1967. Tales of Dervishes. Translated by Idries Shah Foundation entitled Dāstanhāyi Darāwīsh, edited by Sarwar Maulayi. Kabul: Amiri Publication, 1394/2015.


 


Shah, Idries, 1968. Caravan of Dreams. Translated by Farwa Arif entitled Kārvān-i Roʾyāhā, edited by Sarwar Maulayi. Kabul: Amiri Publication, 1394/2015.


 


Shah, Idries, 1968. The Way of Sufi. Translated by Idries Shah Foundation entitledarīqat-i ūfiyān, edited by Muhammad Kazim Kazimi. Kabul: Amiri Publication, 1394/2015.


 


Shah, Idries, 1968. The Pleasantries of the Incredible Mulla Nasruddin. Translated by Ahmad Ghulami entitled Kārnāmahā-yi be Naẓīri Mullā Naṣruddīn, edited by Sarwar Maulayi. Kabul: Amiri Publication, 1394/2015.


 

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Conference: Textual Sources and Geographies of Slavery in the Early-Islamic Empire, ca. 600-1000 CE, Leiden University, December 3-4, 2020. Will be followed by the publication of papers.

Memberships

The International Society for Arabic Papyrology (ISAP)


Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (INISIS)

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