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David Moshfegh is the 2012-2013 IE-Berkeley International Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow . He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the History Department at UC Berkeley, where his work in European intellectual history has focused on the intersection of the histories of academic disciplines, Orientalism and imperialism. His dissertation,"From Kulturpolitik to Jihad: The Rise of Islamwissenschaft and German Orientalism in the Era of WWI", examines the emergence of a new Islamicist discipline in German Orientalist scholarship in the closing decades of the nineteenth century and tracks the field's development through the 'Jihad debate' within it during World War I.