Dr Usha Sanyal, Historian

Part time Lecturer, Queens University of Charlotte
Former Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Wingate University

Ph.D. History (1990) Columbia University Awarded with Distinction.

Dissertation: “In the Path of the Prophet: Maulana Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi and the Ahl-e Sunnat wa Jamaat Movement in British India, c. 1870-1921″

Committee Chair: Prof. William R. Roff.

M Phil. History, Columbia University, South Asia and Southeast Asia

MA in Southeast Asian Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK

BA (Honors) in Sociology, minor in Economics, Delhi University, India


Devotional Islam and Politics in British India: Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi and His Movement, 1870-1920. 3rd edition from Yoda Press, 2010. 2nd edition. New York and Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Ahmad Riza Khan: In the Path of the Prophet. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2005.

Numerous articles published (See publications page)

Girls’ madrasa in India – Summer 2012 fieldwork


  • Ahl-i Sunnat or “Barelwi” Madrasas in South Asia.
  • “Traditionalist” reformist women, especially those of the Ahl-i Sunnat or Barelwi movement, through the study of the “Sunni Bihishti Zewar” and related texts.
  • Al-Huda International and the Ahl-i Sunnat movement.


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