Associate Professor of History


Faiz Ahmed is a historian of the late Ottoman Empire, Afghanistan, and modern Middle East. From the Eurasian steppe to the eastern Mediterranean, Ahmed’s core research and teaching interests include migration, mobility, and international exchange; students, scholars, and transnational networks of learning; and the intersections of legal and constitutional history, citizenship, and diplomacy. His first book, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires, was published with Harvard University Press in November 2017.

Pivoting to the western hemisphere, Ahmed’s second book project explores the history of relations between the Ottoman Empire and the United States—as seen from Ottoman perspectives. Based on work in Ottoman state archives and other rare collections from Istanbul to New England, his current research examines the sociolegal, economic, and religious underpinnings of Ottoman-American ties during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 

Professor Ahmed is a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Program, National Endowment for the Humanities, Social Science Research Council, Mellon Foundation, and the Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC Berkeley School of Law for his research in Afghanistan, Turkey, Egypt, India, North America, and the UK. He is also co-organizer with colleagues Michael Vorenberg, Emily Owens, and Rebecca Nedostup of the Brown Legal History Workshop and Brown Legal Studies collaborative.

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