Mentor Mustafa

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Dr. Mentor Mustafa


Dr. Mustafa is cross-trained in cultural anthropology (Ph.D., Boston University, 2015) and biological anthropology (M.A., University of Arizona, 2002). His areas of specialization in cultural anthropology are anthropology of religion and religious revival after communism in Southeastern Europe. Whereas in biological anthropology, areas of specialization are in the prehistory of hunters and gatherers, the study of stone tool technology and human evolution. Dr. Mustafa is committed to developing effective teaching and learning strategies in higher education (M.Ed., Salem State University, 2006). His undergraduate major was in archaeological science with a minor in anthropology (B.A., Boston University, 1999).

Courses Taught

  • Human Biology, Behavior, and Evolution (Boston University)
  • Research Methods (Wheaton College)
  • Children and Culture (Boston University)
  • Anthropological Study of Religion (Boston University)
  • Islam and the Muslim World (Amherst College)
  • The Islamic Mystical Tradition (Amherst College)
  • Anthropology of Islam (Wheaton College)
  • Anthropology of Muslim Cultures and Politics (Boston University)
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Boston University; Curry College)
  • Introduction to Sociology (Middlesex Community College)
  • History of World Civilizations (Salem State College)


  • Cora du Bois Fellowship, Harvard University.
  • Muslim Studies Fellowship, Boston University
  • American Council of Learned Societies
  • Earhart Research Fellowship
  • IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Fellowship
  • Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute in European Studies Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation Honorable Mention



Mustafa, M. ‘Commemorative Religion after Communism: The Bektashi Pilgrimage to Mt Tomorr, Albania.’ Ethnologie Francaise 2017/2: 309-320.


Mustafa, M. From the Ashes of Atheism: The Reconstitution of the Bektashi Religious Life in Postcommunist Albania. Doctoral Dissertation. Boston University.


Mustafa, M., A. Young, M. Galaty, and W. Lee. Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Kinship Relations: Marriage, Descent and Feud. In: Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania, pages 85-106. Edited by M. Galaty et al. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press at UCLA.

Lee, W. E., M. Lubin, E. Ndreca with Contributions by M.L. Galaty, Mentor Mustafa, and R. Schon 2013 Archival Historical Research. In: Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania, pages 45-84. Edited by M. Galaty et al. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press at UCLA.


“What Remained of Religion in an ‘Atheist’ State and the Return of Religion in Post-Communist Albania.” MESS and RAMSES II, Mediterranean Ethnological Summer School, vol. 7: 51-76. Eds. Jaka Repič, Alenka Bartulović and Katarina Sajovec Altshul. Zupanic’s Collection nr. 28. Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts.

“Giving Ottoman Otherness a Local Flavour: The Bektashi Order of Dervishes in Contemporary Albania.” Austrian Academy of Sciences Working Papers in Social Anthropology, Volume 3: 1-29. Eds. Andre Gingrich and Helmut Lukas. Online publication:

Mustafa, M. and A. Young. “Feud Narratives: Contemporary Deployments of Kanun in Shala Valley, Northern Albania.” Anthropological Notebooks XIV(2: Contributions to Albanian Studies): 87-107. (Online link:


“The Bektashi Ecumenical Experience: Heterodox Islam, National Identity, and Modernity in Post-Communist Albania.” Online publication:

Mustafa, M., and G. Clark. “Quantifying Technological Continuity: ‘Ain Difla Rockshelter (Jordan) and the Evolution of Levantine Mousterian Technology.” Journal of Eurasian Prehistory, 5(1): 47-83.


Galaty, M., O. Lafe, Z. Tafilica, W. Lee, M. Mustafa, C. Watkinson, A. Young. “Projekti i Luginës së Shalës: Fushata 2005.” Shkodra në Shekuj 1: 232-238.