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Yale University
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About Me
Zeba Khan is a Ph.D. scholar in Global & International history at Yale University, with a research focus on the intellectual history of trans-border connections between Islamic reformists/modernists across the imperial borders of colonial India, Ottoman Empire, and Soviet Russia and their successor states. While giving particular emphasis on debates on Muslim questions, global minorities, questions of empire, and alternative trajectories/imaginaries in metropolitan spaces from 1914 to 1947.
Before coming to Yale, Khan spent several years in Turkey and Russia learning languages and taught at Middle East Technical University, Ankara as a guest lecturer. She completed her B.A. History Honours as Valedictorian from Kamala Nehru College and Masters in History from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. She completed her MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2018, where her dissertation focused on the anti-hegemonic discourses on Islam and Democracy and the role of lived history in it.
Her other research interests include Global International Relation Theory, Islam and democracy, Arab Women, Body Politics, Lived history, Arab fashion, and Street politics in everyday lives in West Asia and North Africa (WANA), especially Turkey and Tunisia. She has various publications to her name, edited books, and worked with international publishing houses like Sage, Taylor & Francis, and has recently edited a book titled “Handbook of Contemporary Islam and Muslim Lives” for Springer Publication. Recently she created the ‘Why History’ platform, an initiative on public history awareness and discourse. She welcomes any inquiries about the graduate program in History at Yale.
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Recent Publications


Articles and Book Chapters
  • “Role of Women in Tunisia: An Analysis from Colonial History to the Post- revolutionary Transitions”, in Handbook on Role of Women in Middle East and North Africa by Prof. Bansidhar Pradhan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. 
Dues  in 2023
  • “Islam and Democracy: An Analysis of Abdolkarim Soroush and Tariq Ramadan” Conference Proceedings. (ILEM Publishers: Istanbul)
Due  in 2023
  • Turkey’s Response to the Covid -19: Diplomacy, Healthcare and International Relations, In West Asia amidst Covid- 19: Changes and Challenges for India. (Jawaharlal Nehru University: New Delhi)
Due in 2023
  • Imagined Encountering the Self: A Case Study of the Syrian Refugees Living in Eastern- Turkish Border Cities of Gaziantep, Kilis, Hatay and Sanliurfa, in  “Neighborliness in Global Perspective” (Orient Institute Beirut, Max Weber Stiftung, Erfurt, Germany) 
In Progress
  • “Secular- Religious Tension in Tunisia since 2011”, in Islamic Movements in Middle East: Ideologies, Practices and Political Participation. (KW Publications: India) ISBN No: 978-93-87324-83-1
  • “Shifting India- Turkey Relations in Fluctuation World Order” in “India in the World Affairs: Emerging Trends”, (Notion Press: New Delhi) ISBN No: 978-1-64324-207-1.
Book Reviews
  • “Christian Lekon, Modernist Reformers in Islam, Hinduism and Confucianism, 1865-1935: Peripheral Geoculture in the Modern World-System (New York: Routledge, 2019),” Insight Turkey Journal, Vol. 22, No. 3 (May 2020).
  • “Tahir Abbas and Sadek Hamid (eds). Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context (Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 2019),” Reading Religion, AAR (American Academy of Religion). Aug. 2020.
  • “Ibrahim Elbadawi and Samir Makdisi (eds) Democratic Transitions in the Arab World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017),”Journal of Democratization, Taylor and Francis Publication, April, 2018.
  • “Nathan J. Brown, Arguing Islam after the Revival of Arab Politics (N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2017),” Journal of Political studies Review’, Sage Publication. Nov 2017. URL:
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Turkey, India, Tunisia, Ottoman Empire, British Empire, Russia, Egypt, Germany
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Asia, Middle East, Russia, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
6, 7, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Colonialism, Politics, Public History, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion, Women, World War I, World War II