Dr Usha Sanyal, Historian

Dr Usha Sanyal - 2015Part 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


  • “Eager to Learn: 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.