Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Benjamin Gatling

Benjamin Gatling

Benjamin Gatling

Assistant Professor

narrative, performance, the ethnography of communication, Islam, Central Asia and the Middle East

Benjamin Gatling (Ph.D., Ohio State University) is a folklorist specializing in the folklore of Central Asia and the Middle East. Prior to coming to Mason, he held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University. He is currently working on a book project, entitled Post-Soviet and Sufi: Islam and Expressive Culture in Tajikistan, as part of the Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World multi-press book series. The book explores how Muslims in Tajikistan mobilize expressive culture to carve out political agency and construct what it means to be Muslim in the post-Soviet context.