Professor Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi


Professor Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi, currently serving as a Professor at Aligarh Muslim University, boasts an extensive academic career marked by significant achievements and contributions to the field of history. As a Charles Wallace Fellow in 2007 at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, and a Visiting Fellow at the Maison Des Sciences De L’Homme, Paris in 2008, Professor Rezavi has engaged with diverse scholarly communities across the globe. Since 2013, he has held the esteemed position of Visiting Fellow at The Shiah Institute, London, further enriching his academic pursuits.

During his tenure as Chairman and Coordinator of the Centre for Advanced Studies in History at AMU from 2017 to 2020, Professor Rezavi demonstrated exemplary leadership and scholarly acumen. His association with the Musa Dakri Museum at Aligarh Muslim University and his current roles as President of the Aligarh Society of History and Archaeology and Treasurer of the Aligarh Historians Society underscore his commitment to preserving and promoting historical heritage.

Professor Rezavi’s contributions to academic organizations extend beyond his university affiliations. As an Executive Member of the Executive Committee of the Indian History Congress and President of the Medieval India Section of the Indian History Congress during its 2013–2014 session, he has played a pivotal role in shaping the discourse on Indian history. His election as the General President of the UP History Congress session held in Lucknow in 2018 further attests to his stature as a respected scholar in the field.

With a Ph.D. focusing on the urban middle class in Mughal India from Aligarh Muslim University, Professor Rezavi’s research interests span the history and archaeology of medieval India, with a particular emphasis on the Mughal dynasty. He is the author of “Fathpur Sikri Revisited” (Oxford, 2013) and “History Through Archaeology” (2019), and has contributed chapters to various books and published over 50 research papers in reputed journals.

His forthcoming books, one on Middle Classes under the Mughals and another on Medieval Archaeology, are eagerly anticipated additions to the scholarly literature. As Chairman of the Department of History at AMU, Professor Rezavi has overseen the publication of the “Catalogue of the Archaeological Holdings of the Department of History AMU” and a facsimile print of a 17th-century Persian manuscript, “Tazkira-i Pir Hassu Taili.”

Professor Rezavi’s dedication to academic excellence is further evident in his efforts to introduce new postgraduate courses on Medieval Archaeology at AMU, filling a critical gap in historical education. His initiative in organizing online lectures, talks, and discussions on various aspects of Indian History, especially Medieval India, since 2020 has garnered widespread acclaim, reflecting his commitment to knowledge dissemination and scholarly engagement on a global scale.

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