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

Faiz Ahmed

Assistant Professor of History

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For the 2016-17 academic year, Professor Ahmed is on sabbatical and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the American Research Institute in Turkey.

Faiz Ahmed is Assistant Professor of History at Brown University. Trained as a lawyer and social historian, Ahmed’s primary research explores constitutional movements, student and scholarly networks, and rule of law projects from the Ottoman Empire to Afghanistan during the long 19th century. His first book Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires (with Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2017) presents the first transnational study of Afghanistan’s legal history by examining the confluence of Afghan, Ottoman, and Indian Muslim jurists in modern Kabul. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Program, National Endowment for the Humanities, Social Science Research Council, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for his research in Afghanistan, Turkey, Egypt, India, and the UK.