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

Faiz Ahmed

Associate Professor of History

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Professor Ahmed is on sabbatical for the 2019-20 academic year.

Faiz Ahmed is Associate Professor of History at Brown University. Trained as a lawyer and social historian, Ahmed’s core research and teaching engage questions of human mobility, travel, and migration; students, scholars, and networks of learning; and the intersections of constitutionalism, citizenship, and diplomacy. Affiliated with both Middle East Studies and South Asian Studies at Brown, Ahmed’s primary geographic and temporal specializations are the late Ottoman Empire, Afghanistan, and the British Raj in the long nineteenth century. His first book, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires (Harvard University Press), received the American Historical Association’s John F. Richards Prize for most distinguished work in South Asian History in 2018.