Colonialism, religion, education, law, governmentality
Bengal, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh (North-Western Provinces), Britain, India
HE administrator and independent scholar
as of [21-05-2015 05:11:01]
School of Arts, SOAS
School of Oriental & African Studies
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PhD, University of Kent
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Current Research Title
Hoogly: The Global History of a River
Current Research Abstract
I’m a global intellectual historian with a particular interest in British imperialism and modern South Asia from the eighteenth century to the present day. Major focuses of my research include secularism, faith and modernity; ideologies of empire; and the interconnected histories of Britain and its former colonies. My first book, Secularism, Islam and Education in India, 1830-1910, traces a history of the concept of secularism in nineteenth century India through debates on colonial education, concentrating on Indian Muslim civil society and engagement with British authorities. I’m now working on two new research projects: a study of the thought and practice of liberal imperialism, examined through the career of influential Victorian administrator Charles Edward Trevelyan; and a comparative analysis of Portuguese, Mughal, Dutch, French and British colonialisms in eighteenth century Bengal.
Wider research interests include British imperial and domestic history; modern South Asia; and colonial/post-colonial literature.
Secularism, Islam and Education in India, 1830-1910. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2015.
‘Shari’at and Muslim community in colonial Punjab, 1865-85’, Modern Asian Studies, 48:4 (July 2014), pp. 1068-1095.
‘Kipling, the “backward” Muslim and the ends of colonial pedagogy’, Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 36:3 (July 2014), pp. 251-268.
‘Islamic education and colonial secularism: the Amroha experiment of 1895-96’, South Asian History and Culture, 5:1 (Jan 2014), pp. 21-36.
‘Muslim education in Britain: lessons from colonial India’, Imperial and Global Forum, Centre for Imperial and Global History, University of Exeter, Jan 2015.