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Dr Hugh Beattie

Profile summary

  • Staff Tutor and Lecturer in Religious Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • Religious Studies
  • hugh.beattie

Professional biography

After reading history at Cambridge, six months spent at a kibbutz in Israel led to an interest in the Middle East and in Islam and Islamic history and society, and I took an MA in Middle Eastern studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Then, switching from history to social anthropology, in the late 1970s I did some field research in a small town in northern Afghanistan. I was unable to spend as long there as I had hoped because of the Soviet occupation, but it was an unforgettable experience thanks to the hospitality of the people and the harsh beauty of the landscape.

Back in Britain I wrote an M.Phil. dissertation on the subject of Islamic shrines and pilgrimages in Iran and Afghanistan. Following this, while working for the Open University as an Associate Lecturer, I did archival research in the India Office archives in the British Library. This resulted in a doctoral thesis on British relations with the tribes of the North-West Frontier (Waziristan in particular) in the 19th and early 20th centuries, which included a discussion of the role of Islam and Islamic leaders (see publications).

 

Contact

Dr Hugh Beattie
The Open University in the East of England
Cintra House
12 Hills Road
Cambridge
CB1 2RF
UK

Email: Hugh.Beattie@open.ac.uk

Research interests

My research interests include

  • Islam and Islamic movements in 19th and 20th century Afghanistan, the North-West Frontier, Punjab and Iran
  • the history of Sikhism
  • religion in diaspora
  • martyrdom
  • pilgrimage
  • end-times beliefs.

At the moment I’m working on religious leadership and conflict on the North-West Frontier.

Selected publications

2013 ‘The Mahdi and the End-Times in Islam’, in Prophecy in the New Millennium When Prophecies Persist, S. Harvey and S. Newcombe (eds), Farnham, Ashgate, pp.89-103.

2013 ‘Custom and Conflict in Waziristan: Some British Views’, in B. Hopkins and M. Marsden (eds) Beyond Swat History, Society and Economy along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier, London, Hurst, pp.209-220.
 

2002 Imperial Frontier Tribe and State in Waziristan, London, Routledge Curzon.

2003 ‘Etnicidad, nacionalismo y el Estado en Afghanistan’, in S. Devalle (ed) Identidad y etnicidad: continuidad y cambio, Mexico City: El Colegio de Mexico, pp.83-117.

1984 ‘Effects of the Saur Revolution in the Nahrin Area of Northern Afghanistan’, in M. Nazif Shahrani and Robert L. Canfield (eds) Revolutions & Rebellions in Afghanistan Anthropological Perspectives, Berkeley, Institute of International Studies, University of California.

See also Open Research Online for further details of Hugh Beattie’s research publications.

Teaching interests

In 2007 I joined the RS department and became Staff Tutor in the East of England regional office in Cambridge; currently I’m on the module team for A217 Introducing Religions. Course material I’ve written includes the Sikhism Study Guide for A217 Introducing Religions, chapters in the new third-level Religious Studies course A332 Religion Why is it Controversial, and contributions to Part One of the Religious Studies MA A880.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
The Ferguson Centre for African and Asian StudiesCentreFaculty of Arts

Publications

Hostages on the Indo-Afghan border in the later nineteenth century (2015)
Beattie, Hugh
Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 43(4) (pp. 557-569)
Negotiations with the tribes of Waziristan 1849-1914-the British experience (2011-11-01)
Beattie, Hugh
Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 39(4) (pp. 571-587)
Empire and Tribe in the Afghan Frontier Region: Custom, Conflict and British Strategy in Waziristan until 1947 (2015-10-30)
Beattie, Hugh
ISBN : 9781848858961 | Publisher : I.B.Tauris (Forthcoming) | Published : London
Imperial Frontier Tribe and State in Waziristan (2001-12-21)
Beattie, Hugh
ISBN : 0-7007-1309-3 | Publisher : Curzon Press | Published : Richmond, Surrey
Afghanistan (2016-09-02)
Beattie, Hugh
In: Daniel, Ute; Gatrell, Peter; Janz, Oliver; Jones, Heather; Keene, Jennifer; Kramer, Alan and Nasson, Bill eds. 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War
Publisher : Freie Universität Berlin | Published : Berlin
The Mahdi and the end-times in Islam (2013-04)
Beattie, H.
In: Newcombe, Suzanne and Harvey, Sarah eds. Prophecy in the New Millennium: When Prophecies Persist (pp. 89-104)
ISBN : 9781409449959 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham
Custom and conflict in Waziristan: some British views (2012-06)
Beattie, Hugh
In: Marsden, Magnus and Hopkins, Benjamin eds. Beyond Swat: History, Society and Economy Along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Frontier (pp. 209-220)
ISBN : 9781849042062 | Publisher : Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd. | Published : London
Etnicidad, nacionalismo y el Estado en Afganistán (2002)
Beattie, Hugh
In: Devalle, Susana ed. Identidad y Etnicidad Continuidad y Cambio (pp. 83-117)
ISBN : 9789681210601 | Publisher : El Colegio de Mexico | Published : Mexico City

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