M. Jamil Hanifi is currently employed as an independent scholar. His long standing research interests have focused on the anthropology and history of Afghanistan. He was in fact born in Afghanistan, in Sorkhab, Logar Province. He obtained his Ph.D in Anthropology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, in 1969. He earned his M.A. in Political Science, from Michigan State University, in 1962. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Social Science, from Michigan State University, in 1960. He is fluent in Farsi/Dari, and Paxtu. He also has reading ability in Arabic, Russian, Tajiki (in Cyrillic), and Urdu. At present he is an adjunct researcher in the Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University and he teaches at Lansing Community College. He was formerly a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University, from 1969 to 1982. His research has been partially supported by the United States National Academy of Sciences, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Institute for Afghanistan Studies, in the period from 1982 to 2006. He is the author of the Historical and Cultural Dictionary of Afghanistan (1976) and numerous articles in journals and encyclopedias. You can read more about Jamil here and here. He joined this blog in July of 2009.
Jamil’s specialization on this blog is Afghanistan. The following is a list of the articles he has published here: