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Idrees Kanth, PhD

Assistant Professor


School of Liberal Studies

Idrees Kanth is a senior Assistant Professor in the School of Liberal Studies. He was previously associated with the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden. His areas of interest are modern and early modern Kashmir and South Asian history, Islam, Global history, Peasant studies, besides Archives and Public histories.

Key Publications

  1. Farming Time: The Diaries of a Kashmiri Peasant”, in Nitin Sinha [ed.], Timely Histories: A Social History of Time in South Asia, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin (forthcoming)
  2. “Political Culture in Kashmir”, Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Asian History, Oxford University Press, New York (forthcoming)
  3. Sufism: A Reader [ed.], Shaikh-ul-Aalam Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Kashmir, 2023
  4. “Hayden White and the Writing of History”, English Studies in India, Vol. 29, April 2023
  5. “Peasant Imaginaries and ‘Kashmiri Nationalism’” in Haley Duschinski et al. [eds.]  The Routledge Handbook of Critical Kashmir Studies, Routledge, New York, 2022
  6. “Do Kashmir’s Connected Histories of Mobility and Networks (c.1500-2000) offer a way forward?”, in Kaveri Gill and Jabin T. Jacob [eds.], Policy paper series on Himalayan Studies, Department of International Relations & Governance Studies, (IRGS), Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh, Dec 2021
  7. “The Social and Political Life of a Relic: The Episode of the moi-e-muqaddas theft in Kashmir, 1963-1964”, in Jacqueline H. Fewkes and Megan Sijapati [eds.], Muslim Cultures and Communities of the Himalaya, Routledge, London, 2020
  8. “Writing Histories in Conflict Zones”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 46, Issue No. 26-27, 25 June 2011