Dr. Waleed Ziad

Assistant Professor, Comparative Liberal Studies
School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Academic website: www.waleedziad.com
Photography: www.the30birds.com

From 2016 to 2017, Dr. Waleed Ziad was a Research Scholar in Law, and an Islamic Law and Civilization Research Fellow at Yale Law School.

He received his PhD (with Distinction) in History at Yale University. His dissertation (entitled Traversing the Indus and the Oxus: Trans-regional Islamic Revival in the Age of Political Fragmentation and the ‘Great Game’, 1747-1880, 797 pp.) was awarded the university-wide Theron Rockwell Field Prize, one of the two most prestigious Yale dissertation awards, awarded to two students selected from all disciplines.

At the intersection of social history, religious studies, and anthropology, Dr. Ziad’s research concerns the historical and philosophical foundations of Muslim revivalism and the varying revivalist responses to internal political fragmentation and colonialism in the ‘Persianate’ world (South and Central Asia and Iran).  In this endeavor, he has conducted fieldwork on historical and contemporary Muslim revivalism, reform, and mysticism in over 90 towns across Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, and Turkey. The primary focus of his dissertation research was the development of the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi Sufi networks after the mid-18th century, spanning modern day Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, India, China, and Russia. These were arguably the most extensive Muslim scholastic-religious networks until the 20th century.

Dr. Ziad is also currently completing a monograph on an early medieval pilgrimage site centered on a cave temple in the Sakra mountain range in the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier regions, which existed as a monetarily independent polity from the 4th-11th centuries.

He received his undergraduate degree from Yale in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Economics, and his MA and MPhil from Yale in History.

Dr. Ziad’s academic work has appeared in several leading academic journals and edited volumes (see below) and his articles on historical and ideological trends in the Muslim world have appeared in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Christian Science Monitor, the Hill and major dailies internationally.

Dr. Ziad has studied Arabic, Persian / Dari / Sabk-e Hindi, Urdu, French, Uzbek / Chaghatai and Romanian.


  • Ph.D. in History, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
  • Master of Philosophy; Master of Arts, History, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Economics (Double Major), Yale University, New Haven, CT.



  • In the Treasure Room of the Sakri King: The Native Copper Coinage of Northern Gandhara (ca. 550-1100). Under review. A monograph on the political and numismatic history of a temple polity in the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier based on archaeological evidence. 250 pp.

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