Tanvir Ahmed, PhD

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Tanvir Ahmed (he/him) holds a BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University (2014), an MA in Religious Studies from Stanford University (2016), and a PhD in Religious Studies from Brown University (2021). Since 2021, he has been working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Iranian Studies, attached to the NoMansLand project. His current book project explores the political theologies of nonelite Muslim rebels in historical Central Asia and the Middle East, as well as the processes by which such rebels' acts were inscribed in diverse genres. He is interested in questions of religion and sociopolitical engagement; historiography and philosophy of history; religious biography; and social imaginaries, particularly among historically marginalized communities.

Detailed Biography

Main Research Focal Points

Main Research Focal Points

  • History of Iran and Central Asia, particularly after the Mongol conquests.

  • Popular resistance and sociopolitical dissent.

  • Critical historiography, reconstructing precolonial epistemologies and ontologies.

  • Sufism, particularly hagiographies, shrine guides, and social memory.

  • Arabic and Persian manuscripts, codicology, digital humanities.

Current Projects

Selected Publications

Selected Publications