Jamil Hanifi

  • Member, Board of Trustees, American Institute of Afghanistan Studies, 2006-2008.
  • Advisory Board, Afghanistan Digital Library, New York University, 2003-present.
  • Associate Member, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago, 1987-present.
  • Member, American Anthropological Association, 1967-present.
  • Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, 1970-present.
  • Member, Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America, 1982-present.
  • Member, International Society for Iranian Studies, 1996-present.
  • President, Afghanistan Studies Association in the United States, 1975.


Curriculum vitae

Research Interests

  • Ethnographic Research



 2004  Editor, special issue on Afghanistan. Iranian Studies 37(2).  (author’s preface and an article [see below under articles).

 1982 Annotated Bibliography of Afghanistan, Fourth Edition Revised.      New Haven: Human Relations Area Files Press. Pp. xv+545.

 1976  Historical and Cultural Dictionary of Afghanistan. Metuchen, NJ:      Scarecrow Press.  Pp. viii+141.  


 2012  Peace Corps and the destructive American imperial stupor in      Afghanistan. Anthropology News, March 2012 (online).

 2011  Vending distorted Afghanistan through patriotic ‘anthropology’.      Critique of Anthropology 31(3): 256-270.

 2010  Kandahar—20th Century. 1901-1973. Encyclopaedia Iranica,         Volume 15: 487-490.

 2008  Jat. Encyclopaedia Iranica. Volume 14: 589-592.   Jerga. Encyclopaedia Iranica, Volume 14: 630-632.

 2007  Jabbar Khel. Encyclopaedia Iranica, Volume 12: 310-312.  

 2005  Interrogating Conventional Wisdom About Terrorism,       Anthropology News, September 2005, p.7.

 2004a  Editing the Past: Colonial Production of Hegemony Through the Loya Jerga in Afghanistan. Iranian Studies 37(2): 299-322.

2004b What Caused the Collapse of the State Infra-Structure of      Afghanistan, Anthropology News, January, p. 6-7.

2004c  Helmand River (Geography). Encyclopaedia Iranica.  Volume 11:170-171.                                                

2002  Ghorband. Encyclopaedia Iranica. Volume 11: 137-138.

2001  Ghalzi. Encyclopaedia Iranica. Volume 10: 670-672.

2000  Gandapur. Encyclopaedia Iranica. Volume 10: 266-267.

2000  Gandapur, Sher Mohammad Khan. Encyclopaedia Iranica.       Volume 10:267.

Foreign Policy of Afghanistan. Encyclopaedia Iranica (supplement).

Gandomak, Treaty of. Encyclopaedia Iranica  (supplement)

1982  Cultural Values and Family Relations in Kamari, Afghanistan.       Afghanistan Journal 9(2):1-7.

1977  Philippine Studies in the USSR: Some General Observations.      Philippine Studies Bulletin 6(1): 15-17.

1976  An Ideal Model for the Analysis of Sociocultural Processes in ‘Purposive’ Social Systems. Eastern Anthropologist 29(4): 353-360.

1974 a The Central Asian City and its Role in Cultural Transformation. Afghanistan Council, Asia Society, No. 6, Pp. 1-10.

1974b  An Appraisal of Formal and Structural Kinship Analysis. International Journal of the Sociology of the Family 4(2):53-57.

1974c  Child Rearing Patterns Among Pushtuns of Afghanistan. International Journal of the Sociology of the Family1(1):53-57.

 Chapters in Books:

2010  Cuases and Consequences of the Destabilization of Afghanistan. In    Afghanistan, 1979-2009: In the Grip of Conflict. The Middle East      Institute: Washington, D. C. Pp. 23-26.

2005  Foreword. Real Men Keep Their Word: Tales From Kabul,      Afghanistan. A Selection of Dari Short Stories by Akram Osman.      Translated by Arley Loewen. Karachi: Oxford University Press.  Pp. vii-xvii.     

2004  Preface to the special issue on Afghanistan. Iranian Studies 37     (2):197-198.

2000  Anthropology and the Representations of Recent Migrations from Afghanistan. In Rethinking Refugee and Displacement: Selected Papers on Refugees and  Immigrants, Volume VIII, edited by Elzbieta M. Gozdziak and Dianna J. Shandy. Arlington, VA: American Anthropological Association. Pp. 291-321.

1982  Islam in Contemporary Afghanistan. In The Crescent in the East.      R. Israeli, ed. Pp. 23-35. London: Curzon Press.

1978  The Family in Afghanistan. In The Family in Asia. P. D. Bardis and M. S. Das, eds. Pp. 47-69. London: George Allen and Unwen.

1979  Cultural Diversity, Conflicting Ideologies, and Transformational     Processes in Afghanistan. In The Nomadic Alternative. W. Weissleder, ed. Pp. 387-396. The Hague: Mouton.

1976    Pre-industrial Kabul: Its Structure and Function in Transformational Processes in Afghanistan. In The Mutual Interaction of People and Their Built Environment. Amos Rapaport, ed. Pp. 441-451. The Hague: Mouton.

1970 Research Report on City-Village Symbiosis: Ecological     Adaptations in Afghanistan. In Annual Report of the American     Philosophical Society, Pp. 413-414. Philadelphia.

 Book Reviews:

2011  Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History, 2010, by Thomas    Barfield. South Asia Multidisciplinary Journal (online).    http://samaj.revues.orgindex3147.html

2011  Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History, 2010, by Thomas    Barfield. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 22(3): 433-35.

2009  The “Great Satan” vs. the “Mad Mullah”: How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other, 2005, by William O. Beeman. Iranian    Studies 42(2): 344-347.

2008  The Other Shiites: From the Mediterranean to Central Asia, 2007,    By Alessandro Monsutti, et al (eds). Middle East Journal 62(3): 539-540.

2006a  War and Migration: Social Networks and Economic Strategies of the Hazaras of Afghanistan, 2004, by Alessandro Monsutti.  Middle East Journal 60(2): 369-370.

2006b  The Afghans, 2002, by Willem Vogelsang. Iranian Studies 39(1): 124-125.

2004  Before Taliban: Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad, 2002, by David B. Edwards. American Anthropologist 106(1): 185-187.

2002a  Religious Response to Social Change in Afghanistan, 1919-29:     King Aman-Allah and the Afghan Ulama, 1999, by Senzil K. Nawid.     Middle East Journal 56(4): 704-705.

2002b Reaping the Whirlwind: The Taliban Movement in Afghanistan,    2001, by Michael Griffin; Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil & Fundamentalism in Central Asia, 2000, by Ahmed Rashid. Middle East Journal 56(2):329-332.

2000a  State and Tribe in Nineteenth Century Afghanistan, 1997, by     Christine Noelle. Iranian Studies 33(3-4): 488-492.

2000b  State, Society and Democracy in Morocco: The Limits of  Associative Life, 1998, by Azzedine Layachi. Middle East Journal  54(1):135-137.

1988  Islam and Resistance in Afghanistan, 1986, by Olivier Roy.  The Muslim World 79(2): 151-152.

1985  Religion and Politics in Muslim Society Order and Conflict in Pakistan, 1983, by Akbar S. Ahmed. American Anthropologist 83(1):195-197.

1981 Low Key Politics: Local Level Leadership and Change in the     Middle East, 1983, by Richard T. Antoun. American Anthropologist     83(1):159.

1979  Images and Self Images: Male and Female in Morocco, 1978, by     D. H. Dwyer. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, volume 444, July, Pp. 151-152.

1976  Afghanistan, 1973, by Louis Dupree. American Anthropologist 78(2):423-424.

“Tribe and Community Among the Ghilzai Pushtuns (Anthropos, Volume 70), 1975, by Jon W. Anderson. Newsletter of the Afghanistan Council, Asia Society 4(3):20-21.

1971a Tradition and Modernization: A Challenge for Law Among the     Dinka of the Sudan, 1971, by F. M. Deng. American Anthropologist 74 (6):1430-1431.

1972b The Urban Experience and Folk Tradition, 1971, edited by A. Paredes and E. J. Stekert. Urban Anthropology 1(2):54-55.

1971  Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (two volumes), 1970, edited by Louise E. Sweet. American Anthropologist 73(4):861-862.

1970  A Bibliography of Nuristan (Kafiristan) and the Kalash Kafirs of      Chitral, Part Two, 1969, by Schuyler Jones.  America Anthropologist 72(4):913-914.

1969  The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan, 1969, by Vartan      Gregorian. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social      Sciences, volume 433, September, Pp. 288-289.

1968a  Contemporary Change in Traditional Societies (Volume 2), 1968,     edited by Julian H. Steward. Journal of Developing Areas 3(2):252-255.

1968b Islam Observed: Religious Development in Morocco and Indonesia, 1968, by Clifford Geertz. Journal of Developing Areas 3(3): 447- 448.

1968c Political Order in Changing Societies, 1968, by Samuel Huntington.  Journal of Developing Areas 3(3):422-423.

1968d  An Islamic Response to Imperialism: Political and Religious      Writings of Sayyid Jamal ad-Din “al-Afghani”, 1968, by Nikki R.      Keddie, The Asian Student,  December 15, p. 8.

1962  Afghanistan: Its People, Its Society, Its Culture, 1962, by Donald N. Wilber The Asian Student, December 15, p. 8.

 Brief Notes and Commentaries:

2005   In Response to Robert L. Canfield. American Anthropologist   107(3):552-553.

2002a Taleban—not Taliban. Anthropology News. April, p. 3.

2002b Tabsera bar “Naqsh-e yak moshawer-e khub” (Farsi, Comments    on the “role of a good advisor”). Omaid Weekly (Alexandria, VA), No. 516, p. 3.

2001  Olympics: Rigged? Anthropology News. January,  pp. 3-4.

2000  (Post)Modern Ethnography: Science or Colonialism.  Anthropology News.  December, p. 3.

1996  Lilam-e osar-e bastani-ye Afghanistan (Farsi, the auction of    ancient artifacts of  Afghanistan). Omaid Weekly (Alexandria, VA), No, 204, pp. 7 & 12.

1989 Reply to Ahmed. American Anthropologist 90 (1):166-167.

1987 Rejoinder to Ahmed. American Anthropologist 89(2):453-454.

1972  (Comment), The Emergence of Self-Consciousness in Ethnography, by D. Nash and R. Wintrob. Current Anthropology 13(5):335-336.