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Idrees Kanth


Dr. M.I. Kanth
+31 71 527 2727

Idrees Kanth is a guest at the Institute for Area Studies.

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Fields of interest

Idrees Kanth’s research interests are mainly focused around Kashmir and modern and early modern South Asian history. He is also interested in Islamic history, especially Islam’s contribution to Global history in terms of the multiple processes and networks that were facilitated by it in the pre and early modern period.

His PhD thesis explored the complexities that have attended the political in Kashmir’s past, emphasising the multiple subjectivities that have emanated among the ‘Kashmiri people’, and arguing that ruptures more than continuities explain the emergence of the Kashmiri political present.

Recent/Forthcoming Publications

“Peasant Imaginaries and ‘Kashmiri Nationalism’” in Haley Duschinski, Mona Bhan and Deepti Misri (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Critical Kashmir Studies, Routledge, New York, 2021 [forthcoming]

Kashmir’s Connected Histories: Networks and Mobility across the Kashmir and Trans-Himalayan Region, c. 1500-2000, Department of International Relations & Governance Studies, (IRGS), Shiv Nadar University, 2021 [forthcoming]

“The Social and Political Life of a Relic: The Episode of the Moi-e-Muqaddas Theft in Kashmir, 1963-64” in Jacqueline H. Fewkes and Megan Adamson Sijapati (eds.), Muslim Communities and Cultures of the Himalayas: Conceptualizing the Global Ummah, Routledge, London, 2020

https://leidenislamblog.nl/articles/ae-zalimo-ae-jabiro-kashmir-hamara-chhod-do-hai-haq-hamara-aazadi, Leiden Islam Blog, Oct. 2019


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS India en Tibet


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