Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Faiz Ahmed

Joukowsky Family Distinguished Associate Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History

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Faiz Ahmed (PhD, UC Berkeley, 2013) is the Joukowsky Family Distinguished Associate Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History. Trained as a lawyer and social historian, Ahmed’s primary research interests are the late Ottoman Empire, Afghanistan, and the British Raj during the long nineteenth century; Islamic legal history; as well as global diasporic communities with roots in the regions we today call South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. His first book, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires (Harvard University Press), was awarded the American Historical Association’s John F. Richards Prize for most distinguished work in South Asian History in 2018. His published articles have appeared in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East; Global Jurist; International History Review; International Journal of Middle East Studies; Iranian Studies; Jadaliyya; Journal of Ottoman Studies; Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association; and Perspectives on History. Dr. Ahmed is also co-organizer with colleagues Michael Vorenberg, Emily Owens, and Rebecca Nedostup of the Brown Legal History Workshop and Brown Legal Studies collaborative.