Razak Khan

Dr. Razak Khan

Research Assistant

Erlanger Zentrum für Islam und Recht in Europa (EZIRE)

Bohlenplatz 6
91054 Erlangen

+49 9131 85-26398 (Sekr.)

Sprechzeiten:Office hours: on appointment

since 2019 Research Assistant at EZIRE, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg for the Ahmadiyya mosque archive project
2015-2018 Research Assistant at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
2014-2015 Postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the History of Emotions, Max-Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
2010-2014 Dissertation project (Dr.phil.) at the der Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS)
2005-2010 Masters Degree in Modern Indian History a Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi

Summer Term 2019:
  • Islam, South Asia and Germany in Global Intellectual History

  • Princely states in colonial India
  • Urban studies
  • Urdu public cultures and archives
  • History of emotions
  • Comparative Indo-German history
  • Global intellectual history


  • “A Festival Extraordinaire: Jashn-e-Benazir”, Poetry in the Indo-Islamic Millennium Blog, 24 February 2019. PDF
  • “Entangled Institutional and Affective Archives of South Asian Muslim Students in Germany.” MIDA Online Post, 2019. PDF
  • “Entangled Ideas: K. M Ashraf and New Indology in German Democratic Republic.” MIDA Online Post, 2018.
  • “Princely Architectural Cosmopolitanism and Urbanity in Rampur.” Global Urban History Blog, 5 August, 2017
  • “Poetic Sovereignty” Biblio: A Review of Books, Oct-Dec, 2017
  • “Rethinking “National Culture” of India: An Entangled Indo-German Intellectual History.” TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research, 16.01.2017
  • “The Social Production of Space and Emotions in South Asia.” Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient, Volume 58, Issue 5, 2015. 611-633.
  • “Local Pasts: Space, Emotions and Identities in Vernacular Histories of Princely Rampur.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, Volume 58, Issue 5, 2015. 693-731.
  • “The Case of Falling Walls: Politics of Demolition and Preservation in Rampur,” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol – XLIX No. 12, March 22, 2014, Web exclusive. Republished in EPW, Vol. 49, Issue No.20, May 17, 2014, 25-28.
  • “Rethinking Muslim Politics: The Rampuri Experience,” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 44, No. 25, 20 June 2009, 16-18.


  • The current research project “Minor Cosmopolitanism: Politics of Education, Translation and Modern Islam in the life and writings of Syed Abid Husain (1896-1978)” examines the entangled histories of the Muslim and German-Jewish intellectualism.
  • In progress: Minority Pasts: Locality, Histories, and Identities in Rampur, Oxford University Press