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Dr Gurdofarid Miskinzoda


Dr Gurdofarid Miskinzoda is a Research Associate in the Department of Academic Research and Publications. Gurdofarid obtained her Doctorate in the History of the Near and Middle East from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her thesis entitled 'On the margins of sira: Mughulta'i (689-762/1290-1361) and his place in the development of sira literature' dealt with a work of Mughulta'i on the biography of the Prophet Muhammad. The thesis also examined new trends in the understanding of sira  literature and some current issues of studying sira as a genre of Muslim literary and historical tradition.

Gurdofarid's broader research interests are in the study of Muslim literary and historical tradition, origins and early development of Islam, and classical Arabic and Persian literature.

Gurdofarid is an Alumna of the Institute's Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH class of 2002) and the recipient of the Institute's Doctoral Scholarship Programme. She received her BA in Oriental and African Studies (1998) and her MA in Arabic Studies (2000) from the Institute of Asian and African Countries of the Lomonsov Moscow State University.