Associate Professor of History

Office Location

Sharpe House 228


Professor Ahmed is on sabbatical for the 2019-20 academic year.


Faiz Ahmed is a historian of the late Ottoman Empire, Afghanistan, and modern Middle East, with a parallel interest in diasporic communities connected to these regions. From the Khyber Pass to the Bosporus Strait, Ahmed’s core research and teaching engage questions of human mobility, travel, and migration; students, scholars, and networks of learning; and the intersections of constitutionalism, citizenship, and diplomacy. His first book, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires (Harvard University Press), received the American Historical Association’s John F. Richards Prize in 2018. He is also co-organizer with colleagues Michael Vorenberg, Emily Owens, and Rebecca Nedostup of the Brown Legal History Workshop and Brown Legal Studies collaborative.

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