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Isa Blumi

Associate professor, docent

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Works at Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies
Visiting address Kräftriket 4A
Room 131
Postal address Institutionen för Asien- Mellanöstern- och Turkietstudier 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Isa Blumi is Docent/Associate Professor of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies at Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies within the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies. He holds a PhD in History and Middle Eastern/Islamic Studies from New York University and a Master of  Political Science and Historical Studies from The New School for Social Research, New York.

Dr. Isa Blumi joined Stockholm University in late 2015 after spending the previous 10 years teaching and researching in universities located in Germany, Belgium, Turkey, the USA, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, and Albania/Kosovo. While at Stockholm University, he has mentored several graduate students, with two successfully defending their PhDs at the Universities of Geneva and Antwerp while four MA students in Middle Eastern Studies have since moved into PhD programs in Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, Arab History at the American University of Beirut and the University of Georgia-Athens, and Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.




Isa Blumi researches societies in the throes of social, economic, and political transformation. His latest work covers the late Ottoman period and successor regimes, arguing that these events are part of process that interlinks the Balkans, the Middle East, and the larger Islamic world. In this respect, it is key to explore in a comparative, integrated manner how post-Ottoman Turkey fits into what is a global story of transition.

As he expands his work to include more of the 20th century, Blumi explores processes of change induced by Muslim refugees who ended up settling throughout the world. Exploring these refugees' stories through this global perspective helps question how we understand identity and social organization, themes Blumi will focus on in the courses he will teach. Beyond his historical research, Blumi also regularly writes, and lectures on contemporary Balkan and Middle Eastern politics (especially Kosovo, Turkey and Yemen) and political Islam.

Recent Publications

Books and Monographs

  • Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia tells us About the World (University of California Press, 2018). 
  • Co-editor (with Mehmet Hacısalihoğu) Special Issue: Islamophobia in Europe, IRCICA Journal vol.6 (February 2018), 208 pages.

Journal Articles

  • “An Ottoman Story Until the End: Reading Fan Noli’s Post-Mediterranean Struggle in America, 1906-1922,” Journal of Balkans and Black Sea Studies Vol. 3 Issue 5 (December 2020): 121-144.
  • “Balkanlar Kültürel Elitinin Paradoksal Dağılışı: Bir Osmanlı Arnavut Hikayesi,” Kebikeç (Special Issue on Ottoman Newspapers) Vol. 50 (2020): 261-284.
  • “The Albanian Question Looms over the Balkans Again" Current History (Special Issue: Europe) Vol. 119 Issue 815 (2020), 95-100.
  • “Speaking Above Yemenis: A Reading Beyond the Tyranny of Experts” Global Intellectual History Vol. 4. Issue 4. (2019), 1-25.
  • “Albanian Slide: The Roots to NATO’s Pending Lost Balkan Enterprise.” Insight Turkey (Special Issue” The Balkans at a Crossroads) Spring Vol. 21. No. 2 (2019): 149-170.
  • “Introduction: Islamophobia in Europe,” IRCICA Journal, 6/1 (February 2018): 1-28.
  • “Nothing New: Islamophobia by Default in Postwar Europe,” IRCICA Journal, 6/1 (February 2018): 29-65.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • “Navigating the Challenge of Liberalism: The Albanian Orthodox Church’s Century,” in Sabrina P. Ramet (ed.) Orthodox Churches and Politics in Southeastern Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), 197-222.
  • “Yemen, Imperialism in,” in Ness I., Cope Z. (eds.) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism (Cham-Palgrave-Macmillan, 2020).
  • “Battles of Nostalgic Proportion: The Transformations of Islam-as-Historical-Force in Western Balkan Reconstitutions of the Past,” in Catharina Raudvere (ed.) Nostalgia, Loss & Creativity in South-East Europe: Political and Cultural Representations of the Past (Palgrave, 2018): 37-71.

Last updated: December 20, 2020

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