Dr. Razak Khan

Dr. Razak Khan is a Research Fellow in the Modern India in German Archives project in the History Research Group at CeMIS. He studied Modern Indian History at the University of Delhi and was awarded a DPhil from the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Freie Universität, Berlin in 2014. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. His research interests includes princely states in colonial India, urban studies, Urdu public cultures and archives, history of emotions, legal history and global intellectual history. His current research project is titled “Minor Cosmopolitanism: Politics of Education, Translation and Modern Islam in the life and writings of Syed Abid Husain (1896-1978)” and examines the entangled history of Muslim and German-Jewish intellectualism. He has edited a special issue of the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (58:5, 2015).He has also published blog posts and commentaries in the TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research and Economic and Political Weekly and several book reviews. He is completing a book, Minority Pasts: Locality, Histories, and Identities in Rampur, for Oxford University Press.


"Entangled Institutional and Affective Archives of South Asian Muslim Students in Germany." MIDA Online Post, 2019.

"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 Click here...

"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. Click here...

"Rethinking Muslim Politics: The Rampuri Experience," Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 44, No. 25, 20 June 2009, 16-18.