Ilsa Abdul Razzak (she/her/hers)

Graduate Student
Ilsa-Abdul-Razzak, Graduate Student, History

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SMI 214
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Mon 9:30-10:30 (Zoom); Wed 9:30-10:30 (in-person); or by appointment


M.A., South Asia Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, 2022
B.S., Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, IBA, Karachi, 2018

I am a second year PhD student, working on the late Mughal Empire and the seventeenth century in South Asia. My current work explores texts on rituals written in vernacular languages such as Dakhni, Gojri, and Hindavi. I am broadly interested in understanding the social history of jurists and scholars in the Mughal Empire using skills in Persian and Arabic, two languages taught by the Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures department. 

I completed an MA in South Asia Studies in 2022 from the University of Washington. My research focused on a multi-volume legal text compiled by scholars during the rule of the emperor Aurangzeb. Prior to working on early modern South Asia, I have done research work with oral histories, and histories of the Partition of South Asia. 


Pre-dissertation Research Travel Funding, Summer 2023
Top Scholar Award/Departmental Fellowship, 2022-2023
Jackson School Graduate Book Award, June 2022
Fulbright Scholarship, 2020-2022

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