Ian Straughn

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Associate Professor of Teaching, Anthropology
School of Social Sciences
Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2006, Anthropology
Phone: (949) 824-6803
Email: ian.straughn@uci.edu
University of California, Irvine
3544 Social & Behavioral Sciences Gatewa
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Archaeology; Middle East; Material Culture; Cultural Heritage; Islam
Academic Distinctions
Fulbright Fellow (Syria)
Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown University (2007-2009)
Research Abstract
My research focuses on the archaeology and material culture of the Islamic world with particular attention to the ways in which religious traditions shape and are shaped by the lived landscape. I have also begun to work with Arabic manuscripts from Timbuktu with an interest in the ways that vernacular forms of heritage have shaped Muslim approaches and engagements with the past. Currently I am focused on new forms of pedagogy in archaeology and the university campus as an archaeological classroom for field training.
2023 “Flecks of Timbuktu on the Skin: Excavating the unbound aspects of a manuscript collection” in Timbuktu Unbound: Critical Heritage, Islamic Practice, and the Manuscript Traditions of West Africa Heritage Studies in the Muslim World series, Palgrave Macmillan
2021 Preservationist doctrines as theological propositions in secular clothes. Archaeological Dialogues, 28(2), 121–123. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1380203821000155;
2019 A Tale of Two Façades: Archaeology and the Secularization of an Islamic Past. Material Religion, 15:2, 185-204, doi: 10.1080/17432200.2019.1590005
2017 Spirits of Heritage, Specters of Ruins: Partnering with the Jinn in the Preservation of the Past. Review of Middle East Studies, 51(2), 196-202. doi:10.1017/rms.2017.98
2017 “Heritage Crusades: Saving the Past from the Commons,” International Journal of Islamic Architecture 6: 2, 367-386
2014 “Other Monumental Lessons” for Drawing on Rocks, Gathering by the Water: Archaeological Fieldwork at Rock Reliefs, Sacred Springs, and Other Places, ed. by Ömür Harmansah. Oxbow.
Endangered Archives Program (2016), British Library, ($14000)
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