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Miller, W. Flagg

Associate Professor, Religious Studies
University of California, Davis


Trained as a linguistic anthropologist, Dr. Miller’s research focuses on cultures of contemporary Muslim reform in the Middle East and especially Yemen. His first book is entitled The Moral Resonance of Arab Media: Audiocassette Poetry and Culture in Yemen (Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 2007). It explores how Yemenis have used traditional poetry and new media technologies to envision a productive relationship between tribalism and progressive Muslim reform. Along with publications in a variety of professional journals, Dr. Miller has written the preface to Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak (University of Iowa Press, 2007), a collection of translated poems written by detainees at Guantánamo Bay. His current book focuses on the trajectory of Bin Laden’s leadership and al-Qa'ida as figured through an archive of over 1500 audiocassettes formerly deposited in his house in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

DISCIPLINE
Religious Studies/Theology
SUB AREAS
Middle East/Near East Studies   
Arabic   
Islamic Thought   
Transnationalism   
Current Events   
AREAS OF INTEREST
All Middle East   
Yemen   
SPECIALTIES
Yemen   
Media   
Poetry   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Elementary)   
French (Elementary)   
EDUCATION
PhD2001AnthroU of Michigan
MA1994AnthroOxford U
BA1991EnglishDarthmouth Col

W. Flagg Miller






University of California, Davis
Religious Studies
916 Sproul Hall
Davis, CA
95616
United States
Fax:(530) 752-8630
fmiller@ucdavis.edu

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