502 Fayerweather Hall
Ph.D. – University of Chicago, 2008
B.A. – Miami University, Ohio 1997
B.A. – Punjab University, 1991
Interests and Research
Manan Ahmed, Assistant Professor, is interested in the relationship between text, space and narrative. His monograph, A Book of Conquest: The Chachnama and Muslim Origins in South Asia (Harvard University Press, 2016) on Islam’s arrival to Sindh in the 8th century traces the longue durée history of a 13th century Persian text among varied communities in South Asia. His areas of specialization include intellectual history of Islam in South and Southeast Asia; frontier-spaces and the city in medieval South Asia; imperial and colonial historiography. He is involved in Digital Humanities projects-- and is the co-founder of the Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities at Columbia. His work in DH focuses on spatial and textual understandings of medieval past— a recent collaborative project is "Delivering post by foot in medieval north India."
Manan Ahmed teaches a survey of South Asia from medieval to the early modern period in the Fall semester. His regular courses focus on medieval history of India, borderlands and frontier space, and Walking & Colonialism. The syllabi for the various courses are available here.
Manan Ahmed Asif and Anand Vivek Taneja, “Introduction to Ethics, and Enchantment in South Asia and the Middle East” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East Vol. 35, No. 2, 2015.
Manan Ahmed Asif, "A Demon With Ruby Eyes." The Medieval History Journal, October, 2013; 16 (2).
"Introduction," The Indian Economic and Social History Review, 49, 4 (2012): 455-57.
Where the Wild Frontiers Are: Pakistan and the American Imagination. Just World Books, 2011.