Place: ANAMED -1st Floor
Islamic Law and Statecraft Between the Ottoman and British Empires
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence from Britain. In this lecture Professor Faiz Ahmed unearths a lost history behind Afghanistan’s founding as a modern nation-state between the Ottoman and British empires, the subject of his recently published book, Afghanistan Rising.
Commemorating the roots and legacies of Afghan independence a century ago, the author will present a vibrant account of the first Muslim-majority country to form a fully sovereign government, ratify a constitution, and craft an original body of national laws after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. By tracing Afghans’ longstanding scholastic ties to Ottoman metropolises including Istanbul, Aleppo, Damascus, and Baghdad, as well as the British Indian cities of Bombay, Delhi, and Lahore, Ahmed offers a rich narrative focusing on encounters between diverse streams of modern Muslim thought and politics at the turn of the twentieth century—from Young Turk lawyers to Pashtun clerics; Ottoman Arab officers to British Raj bureaucrats; and the last caliphs to an extraordinary dynasty of Afghan kings and queens.
Faiz Ahmed is Associate Professor of History at Brown University and a 2019-20 Senior Fellow at ANAMED.
*The talk will be in English.