Assistant Professor, Comparative Liberal Studies
School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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.
Articles and Contributing Chapters
- “Transporting Knowledge in the Afghan Empire: A Case Study of two Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi Sufi Manuals.” In Afghanistan’s Islam, edited by Nile Green. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2016.
- “‘Islamic’ Coins from a Hindu Temple: Reconsidering Ghaznawid Policy towards Hindu Sacred Sites through new Numismatic Evidence from Gandhara.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (2016).
- “From Yarkand to Sindh via Kabul: The Rise of Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi Sufi Networks in the 18th-19th Century Durrani Empire.” In The Persianate World: Towards a Conceptual Framework, edited by Abbas Amanat and Assef Ashraf. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2017.
- “Hazrat Jeo Sahib Peshawari: How Durrani Peshawar Helped Revive Bukhara’s Sanctity.” In Sufism and Islam in Central Asia, edited by Jo-Ann Gross, Devin DeWeese. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2017.
- “Sufism.” In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism (Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedias in Social Sciences), edited by John Stone, Rutledge Dennis, Polly Rizova. Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.
- ““Empowering Pakistan’s Civil Society to Counter Violent Extremism,” Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice 8(1) (2015), 188–214. (co-author)
- “‘Disturbances at Bareilli’ in the Spring of 1816: Inter-Communal Religious Authority and Collective Action.” Journal of Persianate Studies, 7, Issue 2 (2014), 189-218.
- “Abstracts from the Third Seminar on Early Iranian and Central Asian Numismatics in Memoriam Boris Kochnev: Islamic Coins from a Hindu Temple.” Journal of the Oriental Numismatic Society209 (Summer 2011), 7.
- “Unpublished Shara’i Dirhem of Aurangzeb.” Journal of the Oriental Numismatic Society 188 (Summer 2006), 24.
- “The Treasures of Kashmir Smast.” Journal of the Oriental Numismatic Society 187 (Spring 2006), 14-33.
- “Bronze Imitations of Indo-Greek Drachms from Swat- 4-6 C. AD.” Journal of the Oriental Numismatic Society 181 (Fall, 2004), 20-21.
- “A Recent Find of 18 AE Coins of the Jams of Sindh- 15th C. AD.” Journal of the Oriental Numismatic Society 181 (Fall 2004), 19-20.
- with Aman ur Rahman, “Coinage and Monetary System.” In The Magnificent Mughals, edited by Zeenut Ziad, 281-301. Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Book Reviews and Archival Reviews
- Review of Revealed Grace: The Juristic Sufism of Ahmad Sirhindi, by Arthur Buehler. Der Islam Volume 89 1/2 (2012), 188-193.
- Review of The Divine Flood: Ibrahim Niasse and the Roots of Twentieth-Century Sufi Revival, by Rudiger Seesemann. Comparative Islamic Studies 9, No. 1 (2015), 122-125.
- “A Review of the National Archives, Kabul, Afghanistan.” Dissertations Reviews, 2015.
- “A Review of the Ganj Bakhsh Library, Iran-Pakistan Institute of Persian Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan.” Dissertation Reviews, 2014.
- “A Review of the Peshawar University Library, Peshawar, Pakistan.” Dissertation Reviews, 2016.
- “A Review of the Iqbal Mujaddidi Collection, Punjab University.” Dissertation Reviews, 2016.
EDITORIALS / MEDIA
Op Eds / Editorials
- “Afghans Get Busy Helping Themselves.” Wall Street Journal, 2, 2014.*
- “In Pakistan, Islam needs Democracy.” New York Times, Feb. 16, 2008. Reprinted in the International Herald Tribune.
- “Jihad’s Fresh Face.” New York Times, Sept. 16, 2005. Reprinted in the International Herald Tribune.
- “How the Holy Warriors Learned to Hate.” New York Times. June 18, 2004. Referenced in the 9/11 Commission Report and reprinted as “The Shallow Roots of the Mujahideen” in the International Herald Tribune.
- “Six Things about Afghanistan that May Surprise You.” Foreign Policy, Oct. 27, 2014.*
- “The Battle for Pakistan’s Soul.” Foreign Policy, Sept. 1, 2011.*
- “Pakistan’s Most Powerful Weapon.” Foreign Policy, Oct. 21, 2011.*
- “Evicting the Taliban from Swat.” Foreign Policy, Nov. 2, 2011.*
- “Out-recruiting Pakistan’s Extremists.” Foreign Policy, Feb. 29, 2012.*
- “Defeating the Taliban in Pakistan.” The Hill, Nov. 3, 2009.*
- “Equipping Pakistan’s Civil Society Against the Taliban.” The Hill, Dec. 24, 2014.
- “A Lesson in Stifling Violent Extremism.” Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 20, 2007. On the Crimean Tatar experience.
- “Madaris in Perspective.” The News, Feb. 2004.
- “Ideologies for Sale.” The News, Feb., 2004
- “The Jihad Industry.” The News, Feb., 2004.
- “Islamic Organizations and Challenges in Crimea.” International Committee for Crimea (Washington, DC). Apr., 2008.
- “An Interview with Mustafa Jemilev.” International Committee for Crimea (Washington, DC). Dec., 2006.
- “Repatriation of Crimean Tatar Youth: The Experience of Ali Chabuk.” International Committee for Crimea (Washington, DC), May, 2008.
- “Against All Odds: How Karachi’s Orangi Welfare Project Transformed a Community.” Chowrangi Magazine (New York), Winter, 2004.
- “Rising to the Challenge: Former Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S., Ashraf Jahangir Qazi, Discusses his New Mandate as the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary General in Iraq.” Chowrangi Magazine (New York), Winter, 2004.
- “Reasonable Accommodation: Imam Omar Kone on the Bouchard-Taylor Commission.” Alternatives International Journal (Montreal), May, 2008.
- “Untapped Potential: Afghanistan’s Traditional Civil Society. Foreign Policy, Apr. 16, 2015.*
- “Pakistan’s Bid for Tolerance.” Foreign Policy, Sept. 26, 2012.*
TELEVISION AND RADIO
- CSPAN – Leveraging Civil Society in Afghanistan, Feb. 19, 2014.
- Voice of America – Pushtu. Afghanistan Beyond 2014. TV interview, 2014.
- Voice of America – Radio Ashna, Afghanistan. TV interview on the development and potential of Pakistan civil society, and religious politics in South Asia, 2012.
- Voice of America – Serbian. TV interview on Sunni ideological rifts in South Asia, 2011.
- Wilson Center – Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan: Opportunities and Obstacles for Civil Society, Feb. 2015.