Manan Ahmed

Manan Ahmed

received his PhD in 2008 from the University of Chicago with a thesis examining narratives of Muslim arrival in al-Sind from the mid-ninth century to the twentieth. His research focus remains on the intersections of text, space and community – the ways in which productions about the past give meaning to the various presents. He is specifically focused on medieval and late medieval formulations of "frontier-spaces" and the diverse approaches to sense-making towards texts (especially mytho-historical) in pre-modern contexts. He is currently working on his book on an early thirteenth century Persian text, the Chachnama.

Manan Ahmed is Assistant Professor of Islam in South Asia in the Department of History at Columbia University. Prior to this, he held the position of Junior Professor for South and Southeast Asia at the Institute of Islamic Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin (2009-2012).


"The Long Thirteenth Century of the Chachnama" in Indian Economic and Social History Review, December 2012

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