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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 work on Islam’s arrival to Sindh in the 8th century traces the longue durée history of contestations among varied communities in South Asia. His areas of specialization include political and cultural history of Islam in South and Southeast Asia, frontier-spaces and the city in medieval South Asia, imperial and colonial historiography, and philology. He is involved in Digital Humanities projects - and is the co-founder of the Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities at Columbia. Ahmed is currently working on a study of the early 13th century account of Uch, Sind. His articles can be found at Columbia Academic Commons.
Manan Ahmed teaches a survey of South Asia from medieval to the early modern period in the Fall semester. His courses focus on medieval history of India, borderlands and frontier space, and Walking & Colonialism. His courses incorporate digital humanities tools and techniques— such as the Borderlands course where students learned how to create argumentative maps. In Spring 2016, he will be offering a course on the Akbarnama (written in late sixteenth century Mughal court) with a GIS and Network Analysis lab attached.
"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.