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Faiz Ahmed

Associate Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History

Faiz Ahmed is a historian of the Ottoman Empire and modern Middle East. He is an Associate Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at Brown University. Trained as a lawyer and social historian, Ahmed’s primary specializations are the late Ottoman and British empires, Afghanistan, and diasporic communities tied to the region we today call the Middle East. From the Khyber Pass to the Suez Canal, Ahmed’s core research and teaching engage questions of human mobility, travel, and migration; students, scholars, and networks of learning and expertise; and the intersections of law, citizenship, and diplomacy.

Ahmed’s first book Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires was awarded the American Historical Association’s John Richards Prize in 2018. Pivoting to the western hemisphere, his current book project Ottoman Americana: The Late Ottoman Empire and the Early United States examines the social, economic, and legal underpinnings of Ottoman-US ties from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, as seen from Ottoman perspectives. Ahmed’s published articles can be found in journals of law, history, and Middle East StudiesFeatured interviews can be found in national radio to history channels and local news, including BorderlinesOttoman History Podcast, NPR’s Throughline, and The Boston Globe. Ahmed is also co-organizer of the Brown Legal History Workshop and Brown Legal Studies collaborative.

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