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Faculty of Oriental Studies
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Naira E. Sahakyan

Lecturer | Chair of Arabic Studies
Education
2018-2021, Doctoral Candidate, Chair of Eastern European Studies, Faculty of the Humanities, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2016-2018, PhD student, Department of History, European University at St. Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2011-2013, Master’s degree in Arabic Studies, the Chair of Arabic Studies, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia
2011, Short non-degree program “Arabic Language,” Centre of Arabic Language and Culture, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
2007-2011, Bachelor’s degree in Arabic Studies, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia

Academic degree
04.02.2021, PhD in Humanities, Chair of Eastern European Studies, Faculty of the Humanities, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Doctoral Thesis: Muslim Reformism in Daghestan: Islamic Politics and Muslim Education After the Russian Revolution

Professional experience
2019-Present, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Yerevan State University, Lecturer
2021-2022, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA (Virtual), Library Affiliate-Researcher
2018, Ellison Centre for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, Visiting Scholar
2017-2018, Department of History, European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia, Research Fellow
2013-2016, the Centre of Civilization and Cultural Studies, Yerevan State University, Research Fellow

Academic courses
The Introduction to Islam

Scale of professional interests
Islam in the Caucasus, Revolutions & Religions, Empires & Religions

Participation in grant projects (present and past)
2021, Podcast Project Grant “Hanrayin Arabagitutyun,” Department of Arabic Studies, Yerevan State University with the Financial Support of The Foundation of Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain
2020-2021, Book Project Grant “Collapsed Empires, Sovietized Dreams: Armenian Intellectuals’ Perception of the 1917 Revolution and Their Vision of the Future of Armenia,” Hasratyan Minasyan Foundation
2020, Project Grant “Qirā’āt Daqīqa: Close reading of the Books of Armenian Researchers in the Arabic Studies,” Department of Arabic Studies, Yerevan State University with the Financial Support of The Foundation of Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain
2019-2020, Research Grant “From a Democratic Breakthrough to Challenges of Consolidation in Armenia”, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies
2019, “Trajectories of Change” Dissertation Completion Scholarship, The charitable foundation Zeit-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius
2017-2019, Research Project Grants “Politicization of the Religious Language and Sacralization of the Political Language during the Russian Civil War”, supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)
2016-2018, Doctoral Scholarship on the History of Daghestan supported by Ziyavudin Magomedov Charitable Foundation “Peri”

Languages
Armenian, English, Russian, Arabic, Turkish

Professional membership (NGO, professional council, editorial staff of scientific journal, funds etc.)
2019-Present, The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
2019-Present, The British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)
2019, Convener at the Workshop “On Muslim Subjectivity in Russia: The Hybrid
Languages of Self-Description,” organized by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2018-2019, Organizing committee member at the Graduate Student Conference “Constructing the ‘Soviet’? Political Consciousness, Daily Practices and New Identities” organized by the History Department at the European University at Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2015-2016, Organizing committee member at the Graduate Student Conference “Crossing the borders: Interdisciplinary Research in Arabic and Islamic Studies” organized by Chair of Arabic Studies, Yerevan State University in cooperation with Middle Orient project, Yerevan, Armenia

E-mail
nara.sahakyan@ysu.am