Benjamin Gatling

Benjamin Gatling

Benjamin Gatling

Concentration Head, Folklore Studies

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 expressive culture 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. 

Selected Publications

Expressions of Sufi Culture in Tajikistan, University of Wisconsin Press, 2018.

“Historical Narrative, Intertextuality, and Cultural Continuity in Post-Soviet Tajikistan,” Journal of Folklore Research 53.1(2016): 41-65.

“Abdulhaĭ Mujaxarfī and the Contemporary Reception of Tajik Oral Poetry.” In Iranian Languages and Literatures of Central Asia: From the 18th Century to the Present, eds. Matteo De Chiara and Evelin Grassi, Paris: Association pour l’Avancement des Études Iraniennes (Cahiers de Studia Iranica, 2015), 207-231.

“The Guide after Rumi: tradition and its foil in Tajik Sufism,” Nova Religio 17.1(2013): 1-23.