Hakeem Naim

Visting Lecturer


Dr. Hakeem Naim is a Lecturer in the Department of History. He grew up in Afghanistan and lived in multiple countries as a refugee/immigrant. He received his Ph.D. in Modern Middle East history from the University of California at Davis in 2019. In his research, Dr. Naim focuses on the late 19th century Islamic nationalism, colonialism, post-colonial theories, and comparative intellectual history of the Ottoman Empire, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. He has a command of various languages, including Persian (Dari), Turkish (Modern and Ottoman Turkish), Arabic, Pashto, Uzbek, German, and English. Before moving to Berkeley, Dr. Naim was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Western Washington University. At Western, he taught Introduction to Islam, Modern Middle East history, and history of the Ottoman World.