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Ghulam Nadri


Ghulam A. Nadri specializes in the history of early modern and modern India/South Asia and studies its societies and economies in the broader framework of the Indian Ocean world and global history. He obtained his PhD in History in 2007 from Leiden University, the Netherlands. In 2011-2012, he was the Newton International Fellow at the Economic History Department, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), U. K. His current research project (The Parsis in India and in Diasporas: Their Economic and Commercial Enterprise, 18th-20th centuries) explores the economic and commercial enterprise of the Parsis and their networks of commercial and cultural exchange across the Indian Ocean world. This interdisciplinary research examines the role of political, social, and cultural factors in their rise to prominence as a merchant community and entrepreneurial accomplishments.

He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the history of India/South Asia, the Indian Ocean world, Asian Studies, modern world economy, maritime piracy, and world history.

Selected Publications

The Political Economy of Indigo in India, 1580-1930: A Global Perspective (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2016).

‘Sailors, zielverkopers, and the Dutch East India Company: The maritime labour market in eighteenth-century Surat’, Modern Asian Studiesvol. 49, no. 2 (2015), pp. 336-64.

 Eighteenth-Century Gujarat: The Dynamics of Its Political Economy, 1750-1800 (Leiden: Brill, 2009).

‘Exploring the Gulf of Kachh: Regional Economy and Trade in the Eighteenth Century’, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, vol. 51, no. 3 (2008), pp. 460-86.

 ‘The Maritime Merchants of Surat: a Long-term Perspective’, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, vol. 50, no. 2 (2007), pp. 235-58.

‘Commercial World of Mancherji Khurshedji and the Dutch East India Company: A Study of Mutual Relationships’, Modern Asian Studies, vol. 41, no. 2 (2007), pp. 315-42.