Congratulations to Professor Waleed Ziad, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies! His book Hidden Caliphate: Sufi Saints Beyond the Oxus and Indus (Harvard 2021) has recently received the American Institute of Pakistan Studies 2023 Annual Book Award. The book previously received the Albert Hourani Book Award in Middle East Studies (MESA, 2022), and was shortlisted for the British Association for South Asian Studies 2023 Book Award and the Bloomsbury Pakistan 2022 Book award. Click here to learn more about Professor Ziad’s work.
As noted by the committee, Ziad’s book “is an ambitious study of a network of Sufi religious discourses and practices that spread through large stretches of Asia: ‘across the Indus and Amu Darya well into the Inner Asian Steppes and western China.’ Ziad calls this an ‘interconnected Persianate cosmopolis,’ the intellectual force behind which were Mujaddidi mystic-scholars educated in a variety of arts and sciences at institutions of higher learning in Bukhara, Kabul, Peshawar, and Delhi.
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