Aziza Shanazarova

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow


Islam, Sufism, Gender, Central Asia, Female Religiosity, Religious History, Textual Studies, Islamic Manuscripts (Persian, Arabic and Chaghatay) 

University Affiliations

University of Pittsburgh Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

Current Projects

Aziza Shanazarova has recently received her dual PhD in Religious Studies and Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University-Bloomington. Her dissertation, titled “A Female Saint in Muslim Polemics: Aghā-yi Buzurg and Her Legacy in Early Modern Central Asia,” is a study of female religious authority in early modern Central Asia. Shanazarova’s interdisciplinary research brings together a historic, gender, and religious studies perspective that challenges the conventional ways of thinking about gender history in Muslim communities. 

Education & Training

  • Dual PhD, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2019