Manan Ahmed

Manan Ahmed

Assistant Professor

502 Fayerweather Hall
Phone: (212) 851-0125
Office Hours: ON LEAVE AY 2015-16


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. His book Conquest Ex Libris: Chachnama and Muslim Origins in South Asia is forthcoming in Fall 2016 from Harvard University Press. 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.

Selected Publications

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).

Manan Ahmed Asif, "Advent of Islam in South Asia" in Roger Long (edited), History of Pakistan, (Karachi: Oxford University Press) April, 2014.

Manan Ahmed Asif, "Idols in the Archive." The Journal of Asian Studies, February, 2014: 73(1).

"Future's Past" in Adil Najam and Moeed Yusuf (edited) South Asia 2060, (London: Anthem Press) July, 2013.

"The Long Thirteenth Century of the Chachnama." The Indian Economic and Social History Review, 49, 4 (2012): 459-91.

"Introduction," The Indian Economic and Social History Review, 49, 4 (2012): 455-57.

"Adam's Mirror: The Frontier in the Imperial Imagination" in Rohit Chopra (edited)Reflections on Empire Redux, EPW vol. XLVI, no. 13, March-April, 2011.

Where the Wild Frontiers Are: Pakistan and the American Imagination. Just World Books, 2011.