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Robert D. McChesney is a scholar of the social
and cultural history of Central Asia, Iran, and Afghanistan.
Robert D. McChesney received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1973.
McChesney’s academic focus has been on the history Central Asia,
Iran and Afghanistan from the time of the Mongol conquest through
the early 20th century. Much of his work has centered on the
connection of social history and architecture and the Islamic
charitable institutions that supported architecture. He has taken a
particular interest in the works of Afghan scholar Fayz Muhammad,
including the translation of his account of the 1929 Afghan Civil
War. He has made frequent contributions to Encyclopædia Iranica. McChensney
is held in high regard by his peers for his meticulous use of primary sources and fluency in several
He retired in 2007 as a professor of Middle Eastern Studies and History at the
Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York
McChesney is also the director of the Afghanistan Digital
Library, a project to create an online library of rare books from
project began in response to the destruction and looting of many
library collections and private book collections during the several
decades of war in Afghanistan in recent decades.
Works by Robert D.
Note: Works have been published under the names Robert
D. McChesney, R. D. McChesney, and
- "Architecture and Narrative: The Khwaja Abu Nasr Shrine." Muqarnas, vol. 18 (2001)
(Part One: Constructing the Complex and Its Meaning, 1469-1696) and
vol. 19 (2002) (Part Two: Representing the Complex in Word and
- "Barrier of heterodoxy?" Rethinking the Ties Between Iran and Central Asia in the 17th century" in
Pembroke Papers 4 (1996), 231-67.
- Charity and Philanthropy in Islam: Institutionalizing the
Call to Do Good. (Indianapolis: Indian University Press,
- "Economic and Social Aspects of the Public Architecture of Bukhara in the 1560s and
1570s," Islamic Art, v. 2, 1987.
- Written by Fayz Muhammad. Translated by R.D. McChesney. Kabul Under Siege: Fayz Muhammad's
Account of the 1929 Uprising. (Princeton: Markus Wiener
- "Four Sources on Shah Abbas's Building of Isfahan," Muqarnas, v. 5, 1988.
- "Waqf and public policy: the waqfs of Shāh 'Abbās
1011-23/1602-14" Asian and African Studies v. 15, no. 2, (July
- "Zamzam Water on a White Felt Carpet: Adapting Mongol Ways in
Muslim Central Asia, 1550-1650," in Michael Gervers and Wayne
Schlepp, eds., Religion, Customary Law, and Nomadic Technology (Toronto, 2000).