Dr Usha Sanyal, Historian

Dr Usha Sanyal - 2015Visiting 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.

For more details, see Books page.

Numerous articles published (See publications page)

Numerous book reviews published (See book reviews page)


  • “Eager to Learn and Become: South Asian Muslim Women and the Embodiment of Religious Knowledge” (provisional title of book manuscript in progress).
  • Ahl-i Sunnat or “Barelwi” Madrasas for GirlsĀ in South Asia.
  • Al-Huda International on-line Quran classes.