I am a historian affiliated to Leiden University in the Netherlands, at the Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS). I was born and brought up in a small village in Kerala, southwest India. For several years now, I have been exploring the stories and histories of the Indian Ocean and Islamic worlds. My research interests also include global history of law, Afro-Asian connections and intellectual history of Islam.
Currently I study the matriarchal Muslim communities of the Indian Ocean littoral from East Africa to South/East Asia, thanks to a generous grant from the Social Science Research Council (New York, USA). Earlier, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Dutch Institute in Morocco (NIMAR); African Studies Centre, Leiden (ASCL). I received my PhD from the Leiden University Institute for History in 2016. I studied at the Centre for Historical Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, India) for my M.A. and M.Phil. in Ancient Indian History, and at Darul Huda Islamic University and the University of Calicut (both in Kerala, India) for my B.A.
I co-edited with Michael N. Pearson Malabar in the Indian Ocean World: Cosmopolitanism in a Maritime Historical Region (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018), and have published articles in several peer-reviewed international journals: Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient; Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales; Law & History Review; Oxford Journal of Law and Religion; Itinerario (for a full list of my publications, see Books and Articles).