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Dr Gagan D. S. Sood, Assistant Professor in Early Modern International History

Research and Publications

Dr Sood’s main fields of interest are pre-modern India and the Islamic world. Through focusing on the everyday lives of traders, pilgrims, scholars and other footloose types, his current project seeks to recapture the connective tissue binding much of what we today know as the Middle East and South Asia before the nineteenth century. In so doing, it aims to shed light on major though now obscured facets of this region’s past, both in the context of the early modern world and of its differentiated transitions into modern times. Drawing on a broad range of sources in local and regional languages, findings from this project have appeared in a number of scholarly journals (see below), including Past & Present. It will culminate in a book due to be published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press. In the meantime, he has started gearing up for his next project, which will pivot on the everyday realities of governance under the Ottomans, Safavids and Mughals.

Educated at the University of Cambridge, Sciences Po (Paris) and Yale University, Dr Sood received his doctorate from Yale’s Department of History in 2008. Before arriving at the LSE, he held research and teaching positions at Cambridge, the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and Yale.

His recent publications include:

‘“Correspondence is equal to half a meeting”: The composition and comprehension of letters in eighteenth-century Islamic Eurasia’, Journal of the Economic & Social History of the Orient 50:2-3 (2007), 172-214.

‘The informational fabric of eighteenth-century India and the Middle East: Couriers, intermediaries and postal communication’, Modern Asian Studies 43:5 (2009), 1085-1116.

‘Asking about origins’, Science 326:5957 (2009), 1190-1191.

‘Circulation and exchange in Islamicate Eurasia: A regional approach to the early modern world’, Past & Present 212 (2011), 113-162.

‘An Islamicate Eurasia: Vernacular perspectives on the early modern world’, in Michael E. Bonine, Abbas Amanat & Michael E. Gasper (eds), Is there a Middle East? The Evolution of a Geopolitical Concept (Stanford University Press: Stanford, California, 2012), 152-169 & 262-265.

‘Sovereign justice in precolonial maritime Asia: The case of the Mayor’s Court of Bombay, 1726-1798’, Itinerario 37:2 (2013), 46-72.

Teaching and Supervision

Dr Sood's teaching at LSE reflects the research interests outlined above. He teaches the following courses:

At the undergraduate level:

HY243: The Islamic World in the Era of the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal Empries, ca 1400 - ca 1800|

HY300/HYDIS: Dissertation|

At the postgraduate level:

HY423: Empire, Colonialism and Globalisation|

Contact Details:

Office: East Building (EAS), E393
Telephone: 0207 955 6025
Email Address: g.sood1@lse.ac.uk|

Office Hours

Wednesdays, 4.30pm - 6.30pm