Waleed Ziad is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History, and a Research Scholar in Law, and an Islamic Law and Civilization Research Fellow at Yale Law School. His research concerns the historical and philosophical foundations of Muslim revivalism and the varying revivalist responses to the decline of Muslim political power and the ascendance of European colonialism from the 18th to 20th centuries. His dissertation focuses on the development of Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi (lit., ‘revivalist’) Sufi networks, spanning Central and South Asia, China, Russia, and the Ottoman Empire (1747-1880). These were arguably the most extensive Muslim scholastic-religious networks of the time. His fieldwork was carried out primarily at shrines and monasteries, private libraries, and archives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and the U.K.
Ziad is also currently writing a monograph on the Kashmir Smast, an early medieval pilgrimage site centered on a cave temple in the Sikri mountain range in the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier regions, which existed as a monetarily independent polity from the 4th-11th centuries.
Ziad’s academic work has been published in the Journal of Persianate Studies, Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice, the Journal of the Oriental Numismatic Society, the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, and Der Islam, in addition to other journals and edited volumes. His articles on historical and ideological trends in the Muslim world have appeared in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Christian Science Monitor, the Hill and major dailies internationally.
He received his undergraduate degree from Yale in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Economics. Prior to starting his doctorate, Ziad was an Economist and Manager at Ernst & Young (Bucharest, Montreal) and Deloitte (Washington, DC; Montreal). Ziad has studied Arabic, Persian / Dari, Urdu, French, Uzbek / Chaghatai, and Romanian.