Zhar Zardykhan, Ph.D.

CASC Deputy Director

Ph.D. in Islamic History / Bilkent University
M.A. in East European Studies / Central European University

Fields of specialization:

Ethnic and Religious Conflicts
Eurasian History
– Central Asian Politics

Islamic History
– Nationalism and Minorities

Dr. Zardykhan completed his Doctoral dissertation on the Ottoman Holy war propaganda during the First World War and has been a Visiting Doctoral Fellow at Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung (Halle/Saale, Germany) where he carried out a research project on trans-ethnic relationship between members of supra-ethnic clans in Central Asia. He is fluent in several European, Middle Eastern and Inner Asian languages.

Selected publications:

“Değişen Avrasya ve Şanghay İşbirliği Örgütü: Hayaller ve Gerçekler.” In 21. Yüzyılda Türk Dünyası Uluslararasi Sempozyumu, edited by Levent Eraslan, 549-554. Ankara: EkoAvrasya Yayınları, 2011.

Elite in Transition: The Muslim Elite in Central Asia from Imperial Times to Independent Statehood. In Proceedings of the International Conference by ICAS: Power Elites in Central Asia and Caucasus, Seoul, 2010, 111-121. Seoul: Institute of Central Asian Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

“Turkey and Central Asia: From Fraternity to Partnership.” In Great Power and Regional Integration in Central Asia: A Local Perspective, edited by Mario Esteban and Nicolas de Pedro, 79-93. Madrid: Exlibris Ediciones, 2009.

“Ottoman Kurds of the First World War Era: Reflections in Russian Sources,” Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 42, Issue 1 (January 2006) pp. 67-85.

“Post-Soviet Integration in the Light of Kazakhstani-Russian Relations,” Asia Insights, No. 2 (June 2004) pp. 17-18, 24.

“Russians in Kazakhstan and Demographic Changes: Imperial Legacy and the Kazakh Way of Nation-Building,” Asian Ethnicity, Vol. 5, Issue 1 (February 2004) pp. 61-79.

“Kazakhstan and Central Asia: Regional Perspectives,” Central Asian Survey, Vol. 21, Issue 2 (June 2002) pp. 167-183.

Selected presentations:

“Ethnicity and Politics: The Ethnic Kazakh Repatriation and the Formation of Kazakhstani Identity,” Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies IV Annual Research Forum (Glasgow).

“Elite in Transition: The Muslim Elite in Central Asia from Imperial Times to Independent Statehood,” Power Elites in Central Asia and Caucasus (Seoul).

“The Mongol Empire and the History of Kazakhstan: The Evolution of the Image of Mongols in Post-Soviet Kazakh Historiography,” European Society for Central Asian Studies XI Conference (Budapest).

“Turkey and Central Asia: From Fraternity to Partnership,” Great Powers and Regional Integration in Central Asia: A Local Perspective (Almaty).

“The Ottoman Minorities and the Great War Propaganda: Kurds and Armenians,” XI International Congress of Social and Economic History of Turkey (Ankara).