Khan Asfandyar Shairani (history and peace studies) holds a Master’s degree in Islamic studies from Harvard University, Boston, and a B.A. in Arabic studies and Chinese studies from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. He has studied Chinese and Islamic civilizations through the legal and the literary, focusing particularly on the interactions between Islamic texts and Confucian ideas and their synthesis through translation in 17 th -19 th century Qing dynasty China.
Khan is interested in the complex dynamics of culture and religion in the formation of religious minority identities along the trade routes of Central Asia encompassed in the “Silk Road.” The flow of material goods also enabled the transformation and reorientation of ideas and a new cultural synthesis. These trends can be a lens to better understand modernity in the continued development of the historiography of this region. Khan is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.