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


Scholars of Faith: South Asian Muslim Women and the Embodiment of Religious Knowledge. Oxford University Press, 2020.

Food, Faith and Gender in South Asia: The Cultural Politics of Women’s Food Practices. Usha Sanyal and Nita Kumar, eds. Bloomsbury, 2020

Muslim Voices: Community and the Self in South Asia. Usha Sanyal, David Gilmartin, and Sandria Freitag, eds. Delhi: Yoda Press, 2013.

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

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

For more details, see Books page.

Numerous articles published (See publications page)

Numerous book reviews published (See book reviews page)



Muslim girls’ education, with a particular focus on U.P., India.