Centre for Study of Society and Secularism

Cordially invites you to the talk on

A History of Indo-Afghan Relations

By Prof. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi

This talk will examine the long-term historical and cultural connections between the geographic spaces now referred to as Afghanistan and India. The emphasis will be on areas and eras of interaction and coordination in the modern era, and the presentation will draw upon Professor Hanifi's first book Connecting Histories in Afghanistan.

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019

Time: 5 pm to 7 pm

At: CSSS Office


Full Address:
Centre for Study of Society and Secularism 603, New Silver Star, Prabhat Colony Road, Santacruz (East), Mumbai - 400055 Phone No. 022 2613 5098

About the Speaker:

Prof. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi

Shah Mahmoud Hanifi is a Professor of History at James Madison University where he teaches courses on South Asia and the Middle East. Hanifi received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His dissertation formed the basis of a Gutenberg-e Prize from the American Historical Association that resulted in his first book, Connecting Histories in Afghanistan (2009, 2011). Hanifi’s research and publications have addressed subjects including colonial political economy, the history of printing, the Pashto language, photography, cartography, animal and environmental studies, and Orientalism in Afghanistan. His primary current projects are a conference and publication series focusing on the early nineteenth-century British Indian scholar-administrator Mounstuart Elphinstone, and an Environmental History of Afghanistan over the longue durée. Hanifi served as the Treasurer of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies from 2003-2015, and he is currently serving on the South Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies and on the Board of Trustees of the American Institute of Indian Studies. In addition to the AHA, he has received research grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, the Asian Development Bank, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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