Dr. Arezou Azad
Institut für Islamwissenschaft
Alexander-von-Humboldt-Forschungsstipendium für erfahrene WissenschaftlerInnen
Arezou Azad is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Birmingham. She was the founder and co-Director of the Balkh Art and Cultural Heritage project at the University of Oxford where she received her Ph.D. in 2010 in Oriental Studies. Her book, Sacred Landscape in Medieval Afghanistan (Oxford University Press, 2013) is based on a medieval local history of Balkh in northern Afghanistan called Fada’il-i Balkh. Her new book, a co-edited, two-volume revised critical edition and first-time translation into English of Faza’il-i Balkh, is currently in press with the Gibb Memorial Trust Series in Persian, Arabic and Turkish books. Arezou has published peer-reviewed articles on female Islamic scholars in medieval Khurasan, the local historiography of Khurasan, sacred landscape, and marriage practices. She is now also a Humboldt Fellow at the Freie University of Berlin, and her new project will be a study of Islamisation and Muslim-Jewish relations in medieval Afghanistan’s Bamiyan region. Prior to joining academia, Arezou served as a peacekeeper and development worker for the United Nations and non-governmental organisations in a number of countries, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Burundi, Cambodia, Laos, Liberia, Sudan, and Timor-Leste.