Ayesha Jalal

Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University

  • PhD, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
  • BA, Wellesley College

Professional Activities
  • Professor of History, Tufts University (1999-present)
  • Associate Professor, Columbia University (1991-1999)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Harvard University (1998-1999)
  • Fellow, Macarthur Foundation (1998-2003)
  • Member Editorial Board, Third World Quarterly
  • Member International Advisory Committee, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lahore School of Management Sciences (LUMS)

  • Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies
  • Program for Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization

Research Interests
  • Modern South Asia: History, Culture and Politics
  • Decolonization in Asia, Islam
"Striking a Just Balance: Maulana Azad as a Theorist of Trans-national Jihad”, Modern Intellectual History – April 2007
• "India, Pakistan and the New Order," National Review (August 2004)

• Reader for Modern South Asia - companion volume to Modern South Asia (co-author) (in preparation)
• Oxford Companion of Pakistan History (editor)(in preperation)
• Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia (2008)
• "Pakistan," The World Book Encyclopedia (2003)
• Self and Sovereignty: Individual and Community in South Asian Islam Since c. 1850s (2000)
• "South Asian Nationalism," The Encyclopedia of Nationalism (2000)
• Modern South Asia: History, Culture and Political Economy (third edition, co-author) (in preparation)
• Modern South Asia: History, Culture, and Political Economy (co-author) (1998)
• Nationalism, Democracy and Development: State and Politics in India (co-editor) (1997)
• Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia: A Comparative and Historical Perspective
• The State of Martial Rule: The Origins of Pakistan’s Political Economy of Defence (1990)
• The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan (1985)
• Battle for Pakistan (in preparation)
• Jinnah (in preparation)

• An Uncertain Trajectory: Islam's Contemporary Globalization, 1971-1979’ in The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective, edited by Niall Ferguson, Charles Maier, Erez Manela, and Daniel Sargent (forthcoming)
• "Methodologies and Sources for Studying Pakistani Women," Encyclopedia for Women and Islamic Cultures (forthcoming)

• Masters of Mutilation, India Today, August 22, 2009
Jalal, Ayesha. "Mr Ravana: Slay The Myth." Outlook, 4 July 2005.
• Jalal, Ayesha. "Between Myth and History." Dawn, 23 March 2005.
"Kashmir: The Deepening Scars," The News (2000)
• "On the Wrong Side of History? U.S.-Pakistan Relations in the 21st Century," Dawn (2000)



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Cabot 610

Office Hours
Tuesday 1:30 AM - 3:00 AM
Monday 3:00 AM - 4:30 AM

Mailing Address
The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 160 Packard Ave
Medford, MA, 02155