Munis D. Faruqui
Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies

Munis D. Faruqui is a historian by training. He primarily focuses on the Muslim experience in South Asia, especially during the Mughal period. His books include "Princes of the Mughal Empire, 1504-1719" (Cambridge, 2012), "Expanding Frontiers in South Asian and World History" (co-edited with Richard Eaton, David Gilmartin and Sunil Kumar)(Cambridge, 2013), and "Religious Interactions in Mughal India" (co-edited with Vasudha Dalmia)(Oxford, 2014). His various articles have interrogated the relationship between religion and politics in the life and work of the Mughal prince, Dara Shukoh (1615-59), the founding decades (c. 1720-40) of the princely state of Hyderabad, and the creation of the Mughal Empire under Emperor Akbar (r. 1556-1605). He is currently working on a book on the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb (r. 1658-1707). In 2014, Dr. Faruqui was one of three recipients of UC-Berkeley's most prestigious honor for teaching, the Distinguished Teaching Award. The award recognizes teaching that "incites intellectual curiosity in students, engages them thoroughly in the enterprise of learning, and has a lifelong impact." Dr. Faruqui also is the co-chair (along with Dr. Saba Mahmood) of two campus initiatives: Berkeley Urdu Initiative and Berkeley Pakistan Initiative.

Medieval India, Mughal Empire, Islam in South Asia, Urdu
Ph.D., Duke University, 2002