Waleed Ziad

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Primary field of interest: 

Middle East


I am interested in pursuing the study of the historical and philosophical foundations of Muslim revivalism and the varying revivalist responses to internal political decay and colonialism in the early modern Persianate world.  I’m particularly interested in Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi’s concept of tajdid (renewal), and its pivotal role in defining the ethos of later revivalist movements.

I completed my BA from Yale in NELC and Economics (class of ’02), focusing on the rewriting of the Deoband School’s historical narrative by modern fundamentalist groups in South Asia, tracing factors which influenced dramatic shifts in rhetoric, ideology, and action. For the past 8 years, I have been researching, writing, and speaking on Islamic history and thought in media and academic venues, while working in international economics at Ernst & Young (Montreal), Deloitte (Washington, DC), and Andersen (Bucharest). 

My interests also include the earlier political and numismatic history of South and Central Asia.  I am currently writing a monograph on the Kashmir Smast, an early medieval pilgrimage site centered around a cave temple in North West Pakistan, which existed as a monetarily independent polity from the 4th-11th centuries.