Manan Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Columbia University
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 currently working on a manuscript which takes a close look at the production and reception of Chachnama, a text written in Persian in 1226 C.E. in then capital city of Uch. He is the co-Director of Zunkunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship - a multi-year research project based at Freie Universität Berlin.
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This workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for South Asian Studies.