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Fatima Imam

September, 2010Assistant Professor of History


PhD History, University of Toronto.
M.Phil History, Aligarh  University, Aligarh, UP, India.
MA History, Aligarh  University, Aligarh, UP, India.
BA History, Aligarh University, Aligarh, UP, India.


History of South Asia
Turkish Sultanates and Mughals of India: 15th to the 18th century
17th- and 18th-century Indian Urban History
South Asian Islam
Islamic Civilizations
Women in Islam


Mughals: history, economy, political theory
Bhakti and Sufi movements in India
Eighteenth century Indian history
The Effect of British Imperialism on Indian Crafts and Industries
The Partition Movement (1947) and its Repercussions
Culture, Media, Religions

Courses Taught

FIYS 159: Caste, Gender, and Minorities in Modern India
HIST 110: World Civilizations to 1650s
HIST 207: Introduction to Islamic Cultures in South Asia
HIST 216: History of India
HIST 217: Modern South Asia
HIST 345: Islamic Culture(s) in South Asia
HIST 347: Race and Empire in Colonial South Asia, 19th and 20th Centuries
HIST 348: Hindu or Muslim:  Stereotyping Indian Cities

Independent project supervision
ASIA 191: Hindi Tutorial: Brittany Puller
ISLM 391: How the Rule of Zia-ul-Haq Changed Modern Pakistan: Sasvi Alam
HIST 391: Topics in Modern South Asia: Ryan Stivers
HIST 491: Pakistan’s Relations with the USA: Farzeen Tariq
HIST 493: Bihari People and Language in Bengali Nationalism: Anum Haider
RELG 493: Key Indicators of Divorce Among Christian Couples in US: Benjamin Wheeler
Senior Thesis advisor:  Nicholas Makinster 12’ and Brittany Puller 14’
Senior thesis committee member: Shema Bhujel 10’ Collin Lever 11’ and Karmash Sejoud 12’

Selected Publications

“Decoding the Rhetoric of Morality in Eighteenth Century India:  Interventionist Nature of the Jaipur State”, submitted with revisions, Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 21:3 (2014) 401-419.

“Universality of Imam Husain’s Message: A North Indian Experience”, Interreligious Thought, July 2011, 36-42.

Book Chapter
“Law and Administrative Practices: Institutionalizing Sovereignty in Eighteenth Century India.” in Varsha Joshi and Surjit Singh, ed., Culture, Polity and Economy, Rawat Publications, 2009.

Dissertation Review
The Spatializaton of Knowledge and Power at the Astonomical Observatories of Sawai Jai Singh II c. 1721-43 CE by Dr. Susan N. Johnson-Roehr, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011, Dissertations Review on September 25th, 2012. (http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/category/review/southasia)

Encyclopedia Entries
Arnold P. Kaminsky and Roger Long, edited, India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic, Santa Barbara:ABC-CLIO, 2011:
1) Advani, Lal Krishna, 3-6
2) Bedi, Kiran, 82-3
3) Election Commission, 222-223
4) Gandhi, Feroze Varun, 269-70
5) Gandhi, Maneka, 271-2
6) Gandhi, Rahul, 277-8
7) Gandhi, Sonia, 278-80
8) Jama Masjid Mosque, 374-375
9) Jodhpur, 390-392
10) Kayasthas, 403-405
11) Khan, Amir, 407-8
12) Lucknow, 434-6
13) Mandal Commission, 444-5
14) Parsis, 545-6
15) Singh, Manmohan, 636-39
16) Yadav, Lalu Prasad, 765-7
17) Yadav, Mulayam Singh, 767-8

Papers Published in Indian History Congress volumes
“The Price and Wage structure in the fourteenth century Delhi city: an analysis,” Dharwad Session (abridged version) Karnataka, India.
1987: “The Administration of the city of Delhi during the Delhi Sultanate,” Goa Session (full paper) India.
1986: “The prices and taxation of Delhi during the seventeenth century” (summary), Srinagar Session, Jammu and Kashmir, India.

The Family of Shamsabad: the house of Nawab Dulah
, (limited edition), 2008

Book Reviews

Review of Quran and Women: reading the text from a woman’s perspective, Amina Wudud, Oxford University Press, New York, 1999, 118, Interreligious Insight: A Journal of dialogue and engagement, December, 2010, 89-90.

Review of Engaging the Muslim World, Juan Cole, Palgrave Macmillan Press, New York, 2009, 282, Interreligious Insight, A Journal of dialogue and engagement, October, 2009, 90-1.

Review of How to win a cosmic war: God, Globalization, and the end of war on terror, Reza Aslan, Random House, New York, 2009, 228, Interreligious Insight, A Journal of dialogue and engagement, October, 2009, 92-3.

Review of American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender within the Ummah, Jamillah Khan, New York University Press, New York, 2009, 292, Interreligious Insight, A Journal of dialogue and engagement, July, 2009, 89-90.

Forthcoming Publications:

Book Chapter:
“Shajahanabad (Deli): An imperial capital city or a camp city?  A review of Francois Bernier’s testimony”, in Nirmal Kumar edited, Medieval Delhi: A Reader. New Delhi: Research India Press.

Article under Review:
“Indian Paradigms of Political Authority and Usages of Urban Spaces:  Jaipur as an Eighteenth-Century Example”, Studies in History.

Work in Progress:
“Unveil the Invisible: Indian Muslim Women as Rulers and Leaders.”
“Formation of Indian Muslim Identity: Role of Shia elites of the nineteenth century Uttar Pradesh”

Edited book manuscript under preparation:
Anis and Shakespeare by Syed Ghulam Imam, Lucknow: Zahoor Husain Press, 1950, first edition.

“Indian Paradigms of Political sovereignty: Shahjahanabad a seventeenth century example”, in Delhi and Urban India in Visual Culture Conference, sponsored by CISCA, Aarhus University Denmark and Sri Venkateswara College New Delhi, January 8-9, 2012.
2011: “Indian Muslim Women as Critics, Intellectuals, and Social activists,” Workshop on Women in South Asian Islamic societies, sponsored by CAORC, University of Chicago, December 2nd.
2010: “Timeless Traditions in the Indian Commercial cinema: Perpetuation of East and West dichotomies”, Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison-Wisconsin, October, 15-17th.
2010: “Ideological Adjustment of Indian Muslims: Twelve families of Uttar Pradesh,” Association for Asian Studies Conference, Philadelphia, March 28-30th.
2007: “Moralizing Rhetoric of Pre-colonial States: Position of women in 18th century Rajasthan,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Boston, MA, US.
2007: “Portraying the Ideals of Universal Peace: Moralizing Dhamma of Emperor Asoka and Sul-i-Kul (absolute peace) of Jalaluddin Akbar, “Annual History conference for High school students, Department of History, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2006:  “Shahjahanabad (Delhi): an imperial capital or a camp city? A review of Bernier’s testimony,” 85th Canadian Historical Association, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2005: “Law and Administrative practices: Institutionalizing Sovereignty in eighteenth century India,” Fifth International Conference on Rajasthan, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
2005: “Exemplification of Use of Urban Space in Eighteenth century Jaipur,”34th Annual conference on South Asia, Madison, WI, US.
2004: “State Formation in Eighteenth Century Jaipur,” 18th European Conference on Modern South Asia, Lund, Sweden.

2005: “A Hindu City? Urban planning in Eighteenth century Jaipur,” Department of History, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.