Ajam Podcast #2: Ahvaz & Xinjiang

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In this episode, Kamyar and Rustin parse out the different narratives circulating around the September 22 terrorist attack in Ahvaz/Ahwaz. They discuss Narges Bajoghli’s recent article in Foreign Policy, “Did a Terrorist Attack Just Save the Iranian Regime?”. Dr Bajoghli is a friend of Ajam, and has appeared on the Emerging Scholarship Series to discuss her research on the media and cultural production of Iran-Iraq War paramilitary veterans.

Joshua Sooter, a PhD candidate in History and East Asian Studies at New York University, joins the show to talk about the ongoing conflict in China’s Xinjiang Province. The conversation covers the history of Chinese western expansion and current-day state repression of the Uyghur population.

(Featured Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Recommended Readings:

China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia, by Peter C. Perdue

Uyghur Nation: Reform and Revolution on the Russia-China Frontier, by David Brophy


Joshua Sooter

NYU PhD Candidate focusing on the history of religion in Modern China.



Kamyar Jarahzadeh

Ajam Editor

Kamyar (@Kamyarjarah) on Twitter


Rustin Zarkar

Ajam Editor

Rustin (@RustinZ) on Twitter


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