Graduate Students



Usman Hamid


Usman Hamid (usman.hamid @ is a PhD candidate at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. He previously completed his masters at the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University. He is the recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship and a J.W. McConnell Memorial Fellowship for his research on early modern north India under the Mughal dynasty.


His dissertation examines the politics of Muslim religious intellectuals and notables during the rise of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century, focusing on their engagement with new imperial institutions and systems of patronage that emerged during the reign of Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Akbar (r. 1556—1605). The project looks at works of political advice, debates over rituals and pilgrimage, and the social networks and institutions that regulated imperial patronage.


His broader research interests include Indo-Persian historiography and hagiography; Sufism in South Asia; history of the Delhi Sultanate and Mughal Empire; Perso-Islamic ethics and advice literature; as well as gender and sexuality in early modern India with a focus on masculinity and eunuchs.


He has taught “Islam in South Asia, c. 700—1700” at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga.