Fulbright Global Research Scholar


Prof. Betül Başaran, Professor of History and Coordinator of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, USA is attached to the H.K.Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies of Maulana Azad National Urdu University as a Fulbright Global Scholar. She received Fulbright research award to conduct research on the Legacy and Impact of Princess Niloufer (1916-1989). Her project primarily focuses on politics, religion and agency of Muslim women in pre-modern Hyderabad state. She is examining the existing social structure of those times and supports the Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan’s modernising agenda. She is bringing out the role of elite women as global active agents empowering the underprivileged women for better social status, education and medical facilities.

Professor Başaran’s will be attached to the Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, and the H.K.Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University in Hyderabad.

MANUU–ASPS International Visiting Scholar

MOU between Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) and MANUU for a Research-cum-Travel Grant of a Visiting Scholar. A Standing-cum-Selection Committee (SSC) comprising the following members selects the recipient for the award:

  1. Prof.Parvaneh Pourshariati, former President, ASPS (City University of New York, USA)
  2. Prof. Jo-Ann Gross, former Vice-President, ASPS (The College of New Jersey, USA)
  3. Prof. Jawid Mojaddedi, Member - Board of Directors, ASPS (Rutgers University, USA)
  4. Prof. Sunil Sharma, Member - Board of Directors, ASPS (Boston University, USA)
  5. Prof. Salma Ahmed Farooqui, Director, H.K. Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies (MANUU, India)


Dr. Peyvand Firouzeh, M.Phil (2011) and Ph.D (2015) in the history of art and architecture and Asian and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Cambridge.

Presently a fellow of art histories and aesthetic practices (2015–16) at the Forum Transregionale Studien and Museum für Islamische Kunst in Berlin, Germany.

Research Topic: Words, Images, and Routes: cross–culturality between Iran and the Deccan in the fifteenth century.


Dr. Karen Ruffle, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, University of Toronto.

Research Topic: Somatic Shiʿism:The Body in Deccani Shiʿi Material and Ritual Practice.