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Mahmood Kooria

Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Ashoka University

Ph.D. Leiden University

Mahmood Kooria is Visiting Assistant Professor of History and he joined the department in 2019. He also holds research positions at Leiden University (the Netherlands) and University of Bergen (Norway). Earlier he was a research fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL), and the Dutch Institute in Morocco (NIMAR). He studied at the Leiden University Institute for History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Darul Huda Islamic University and University of Calicut. 

He has authored Islamic Law in Circulation: Shāfiʿī Texts across the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), and co-edited Malabar in the Indian Ocean World: Cosmopolitanism in a Maritime Historical Region (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Islamic Law in the Indian Ocean: Texts, Ideas and Practices (Routledge, 2022). His research specialisations are premodern Indian Ocean world, Afro-Asian connections, matrilineal Muslims, and Islamic legal history. He is also broadly interested in the premodern interactions between Abrahamic and Indic religions, global mobility of law, and Islamic intellectual history.

  • Water Unites Us, Land Divides Us
  • History of India, 800-1800 CE
  • Global History of Law: Premodern Courts, Codes and Canons
  • Oceanic Histories and Monsoon Cultures
  • Islam in the Indian Ocean

Book

Islamic Law in Circulation: Shāfiʿī Texts across the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022).

Edited Volumes

Malabar in the Indian Ocean: Cosmopolitanism in a Maritime Historical Region, edited with Michael Pearson (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018). 

Islamic Law in the Indian Ocean: Texts, Ideas and Practices, edited with Sanne Ravensbergen (New York: Routledge, 2022).

Special Issues

“Matrilineal Negotiations with Islam.” Special section with the International Feminist Journal of Politics, vol. 23, no. 2 (2021).

 “Narrating Africa in South Asia.” Special issue of the South Asian History and Culture, vol. 11, no. 4 (2020). 

“An Indian Ocean of Law: Spaces and Hybridity.” Special issue of the Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction, edited with Sanne Ravensbergen, vol. 42, no. 2 (2018).

  • “Un agent abyssinien et deux rois indiens à La Mecque: Interactions autour du droit islamique au XVe siècle.” Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales, vol. 74, no. 1 (2020): 75-103. 
  • “Languages of Law: Legal Cosmopolis and its Arabic and Malay Microcosmoi.” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 29, no. 4 (2019): 705-722. 
  •  “Eastern African doyens in South Asia: Premodern Islamic Intellectual Interactions.” South Asian History and Culture, vol. 11, no. 4 (2020): 363-373. Routledge. 
  •  “Politics, Economy and Islam in ‘Dutch Ponnāni’, Malabar Coast.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, vol. 62, no. 1 (2019): 1-35. 
  • “Uses and Abuses of the Past: An Ethno-History of Islamic Legal Texts.” Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, vol. 7, no. 2 (2018): 313-338.
  •  “Dutch Mogharaer, Arabic al-Muḥarrar and Javanese Law-Book: VOC’s Experiments with Muslim Law in Java, 1747-1767.” Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction vol. 41, no. 2 (2018): 202-219.
  • “Using the Past and Bridging the Gap: Premodern Islamic Legal Texts in New Media.” Law and History Review, vol. 36, no. 4 (2018): 725-752.
  •  “Texts as Objects of Value and Veneration: Islamic Law Books in the Indian Ocean Littoral.” Sociology of Islam, vol. 6, no. 1 (2018): 60-83.
  • “Early Dutch Encounters with Islamic Law: The Text and Translation of Mogharaer Code or Semarang Compendium.” Indonesia, vol. 106 (2018): 45-87.
  • “An Abode of Islam with a Hindu King: Circuitous Imagination of Kingdoms in Sixteenth Century Malabar.” Journal of Indian Ocean World Studies, vol. 1, no. 1 (2017): 89-109.
  • “Words of ʿAjam in the World of Arab: Translation and Translator in Early Islamic Judicial Procedure.” Justice and Leadership in Early Islamic Courts, eds. Intisar Rabb and Abigail Balbale (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018): 71-90.
  • “In Between Many Worlds of One Law: Arab, Malay and Filipino Legal Intermixtures of Shāfiʿīsm.” In Philippine Crossings: Entangled Voices between Oceans, eds. Jos Gommans, Jorge Flores and Ariel Lopez (Leiden: Leiden University Press, 2020), 311-331. 
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