M. Reza Pirbhai is an Associate Professor, specializing in South Asian and World history. His research is focused on Islam in Modern South Asia. He earned a doctorate in History from the University of Toronto (Canada) in 2004. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown he was Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba (Canada) and Associate Professor at Louisiana State University (USA). His articles/book chapters on such topics as Islamic law and theology, Hindu and Muslim nationalism, British travel literature, and gender in modern South Asia have appeared in the Journal of Asian History, Modern Intellectual History, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies and Hawwa: Journal of the Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World. He is also the author of the books titled 'Reconsidering Islam in a South Asian Context,' published by E.J. Brill (2009), and 'Fatima Jinnah: Mother of the Nation,' due for release by Cambridge University Press in 2017.
M. Reza Pirbhai, Reconsidering Islam in a South Asian Context (E.J. Brill, 2009).
M. Reza Pirbhai, Fatima Jinnah: Mother of the Nation (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
M. Reza Pirbhai, Guest Editor, Hawwa: Journal of the Women of the Middle East and Islamic World [Special Issue: Biography as Social History] 14:3 (2016).
Refereed Articles/Book Chapters
M. Reza Pirbhai, "'From Purdah to Parliament': The Twentieth Century According to Shaista Ikramullah," Hawwa: Journal of the Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World 14 (2016): 278-309.
M. Reza Pirbhai, “Islamic Law in the Mughal Empire” The Oxford Handbook on Islamic Law, eds. Anver Emon and Rumee Ahmed (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).
M. Reza Pirbhai, “Pakistan and the Political Awakening of a Muslim ‘New Woman’ 1937-1947,” Hawwa: Journal of the Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World 12 (2014): 1-35.
M. Reza Pirbhai, “Empire and I: Reading the Travelogue of a Late Eighteenth Century British Army Captain,” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 36:4 (2013): 661-77.
Reem A. Meshal & M. Reza Pirbhai, “Islamic Perspectives on Jesus,” Blackwell Companion to Jesus, ed. Delbert Burkett (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010): 232-49.
M. Reza Pirbhai, “Demons in Hindutva: Writing a Theology for Hindu Nationalism,” Modern Intellectual History 5:1 (2008): 27-53.
M. Reza Pirbhai, “British Indian Reform and Pre-Colonial Trends in Islamic Jurisprudence,” Journal of Asian History 42:1 (2008): 36-63.
M. Reza Pirbhai, “Symbols of Authority in Medieval Islam,” American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 30:2 (2013): 117-19.
M. Reza Pirbhai, “Global Concerns and Pakistan’s Domestic Context,” History: Review of New Books 40 (2012): 35-8.
M. Reza Pirbhai, “Lost in the Sacred: Why the Muslim World Stood Still, by Dan Diner,” The Historian 72 (2010): 911-12.
Reza Pirbhai, “Languages of Belonging: Islam, Regional Identity and the Making of Kashmir, by Chitralekha Zutshi,” The Historian 68 (2006): 374-75.
Reza Pirbhai, “A Review of Riaz Hassan’s Faithlines: Muslim Conceptions of Islam and Society,” MIT-EJMES (2003).
M. Reza Pirbhai, “Pakistan,” Worldmark Encyclopaedia of the Nations, 13th Edition (Wiley-Cenage, 2013).