Morwari Zafar

Morwari Zafar

DPhil, Social and Cultural Anthropology (focus in Migration)

St Cross College

Thesis: Reinventing Afghanistan: A Return to Tradition, Identity and Islam in the Afghan Diaspora

Research: The research examines the development and commodification of cultural knowledge by the US government through private-sector enterprises, and compels a reassessment of diasporic engagement. More specifially, Morwari's research project provides a novel perspective into the post-9/11 narratives of the Afghan-American diaspora that are co-opted by, packaged for, and sold to the US military-industrial complex to advance counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. In the ongoing Global War on Terror, Afghan-Americans have become critical transnational brokers of language and cultural knowledge. As generations of Afghan-Americans define themselves and their roles in American society, the study explores how their identities, histories and conceptions of 'Afghanistan' and 'Islam' have shaped the accounts that underpin US national security and foreign policy.



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