Bruce Grant F'16, F'00

Bruce  Grant
Professor
Anthropology
New York University

ACLS Fellowship Program 2016
Professor
Anthropology
New York University
The Donkey Wars: Satire, Free Speech, and Political Imagination in the Muslim Caucasus

As scholars of the Muslim world have long known, satire has had a robust and varied role in social life across a broadly drawn community of believers, calling the sanctimonious, satraps, and sinners of all stripes to recognize themselves in archly cast caricatures. This satire was most often and most effectively directed by Muslims themselves from within their own communities. One of the best known examples of this tradition from the Eurasian world was the popular, long-running Azerbaijani-language magazine, Molla Nasreddin. The Donkey Wars tracks the life and times of this journal in order to cast light on local responses to authoritarianism and rapid social change some 100 years ago in an often overlooked corner of the Muslim world, as well as to testify to the enduring relevance of satire as an expression of competing social forces today.

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars 2000
Associate Professor
Swarthmore College
Cosmos and cosmopolitanism: cultural and religious histories in the Azeri Caucasus
For residence at the National Humanities Center during academic year 2000-2001