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Ghulam Nadri

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Leiden University, 2007
phone: 404-413-6387

Ghulam A. Nadri specializes in the history of early modern South Asia (17th-19th centuries) and studies its society and economy in the larger framework of the Indian Ocean world and global history. He obtained his PhD in History in 2007 from Leiden University, the Netherlands. He taught history of Medieval South Asia and modern European history at a Delhi University college between 1998 and 2002. Besides his book, Eighteenth-Century Gujarat: The Dynamics of Its Political Economy, 1750-1800, he has published several research papers and book reviews in different journals, books, and proceedings. His teaching interests include political, socio-economic, and cultural history of South Asia, Europeans in the Indian Ocean world, and Islam in South and Southeast Asia.

He is currently on leave from Georgia State University and holds the two-year Newton International Fellowship at the Economic History department of the London School of Economics and Political Science, U.K. The fellowship has been awarded to him by the British Academy and the Royal Society of Great Britain for his new research project ‘The Political Economy of the Indigo Production and Trade in India, 1500-1900’. This project explores the history of commercial indigo and investigates the trajectory of its production and trade from the perspectives of India’s political economy, early-modern globalization, and colonialism.

Selected Publications

Eighteenth-Century Gujarat: the Dynamics of Its Political Economy, 1750-1800 (Leiden: Brill, 2009).

"Exploring the Gulf of Kachh: Regional Economy and Trade in the Eighteenth Century," Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 51, no. 3, 2008, pp. 460-86.

"The Dutch Intra-Asian Trade in Sugar in the Eighteenth Century," International Journal of Maritime History, 20, no. 1, 2008, pp. 63-96.

"The Maritime Merchants of Surat: a Long-term Perspective," Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 50, no. 2, 2007, pp. 235-58.

"VOC’s Engagement with Piracy in Western India in the Eighteenth Century: Perceptions and the Construction of Social Identities" in Nigel Worden, ed., Contingent Lives: Social Identity and Material Culture in the VOC World, University of Cape Town, 2007, pp. 172-83.

"Commercial World of Mancherji Khurshedji and the Dutch East India Company: A Study of Mutual Relationships," Modern Asian Studies, 41, no. 2, 2007, pp. 315-42.