Ali A. Olomi is an assistant professor of history at Penn State Abington. His research involves looking at how Muslims imagined the “Islamic world through the intersection of religion, science, and empire and how Muslims in the premodern and modern world deployed the concept of homeland to etch the borders of the empire and construct collective identity. He studies the Muslim imagination of the monstrous through the djinn, the early history of astronomy and its role in empire-building, and Islamic apocalypticism and cosmology.
from Yahoo News August 26, 2021
"An understanding of what was going in the Saur Revolution, or how it led to the chaos of the 1990s and the emergence of the Taliban, is crucial to today."
from The Washington Post August 17, 2021
"The Taliban was able to exploit this situation to its advantage by turning to those same regional warlords and local government officials who had lined their pockets with U.S. dollars for decades by promising them amnesty, position and money in a new Taliban regime."
from VOX News August 21, 2021
"There was a lot of money coming from both of these big, great powers in Afghanistan. And that really sets the stage for what eventually becomes a more formal military relationship to the country."
from Mic August 19, 2021
"The ugly offspring of the Cold War" in a Twitter thread), it was instead framed as a bogeyman that emerged out of nowhere."
from The Atlantic December 21, 2020
“From time immemorial, people have looked to the stars to help them explain the chaos of their present and the uncertainty of their future.”
from The Guardian U.K September 1, 2020
“One of the things we see with the Fire nation is the ideological justification for what they’re doing,” says Olomi. “We are a glorious civilisation. We have abundance, we have wealth, we have technological advancement; we need to share it with the rest of the world. That’s almost word for word European colonisation.”