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Department of History

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phone: 615-322-4740
223 Benson Hall

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D.Phil., Oxford, 2004

Samira Sheikh

Associate Professor of History
Associate Professor of Asian Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Islamic Studies Program; Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History

Samira Sheikh is a historian of South Asia. Her research interests include politics and religion in South Asia from 1200-1950, early modern trade, and early Indian maps. She is the author of Forging a Region: Sultans, Traders and Pilgrims in Gujarat, 1200-1500 (Oxford India, 2010), and co-editor of After Timur Left (Oxford University Press, 2014), and An Anthology of Ismaili Literature: A Shi'i Vision of Islam (I.B. Tauris and the Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2008).

She has an undergraduate degree in history from Maharaja Sayajirao University, in Baroda, India, and MA and MPhil degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. After doctoral research at Oxford, she held a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford, until 2006. She came to Vanderbilt from London where she was a research associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. She was awarded the Ryskamp Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for the 2012-13 academic year. She is currently working on a book on an eighteenth century Gujarati entrepreneur-politician.

Courses taught:

HIST 116 Modern South Asia 1750-2000

HIST 288d Images of India

HIST 211a The Mughal World

HIST 212a India and the Indian Ocean

HIST 297 Junior Honors Seminar