About the Author
Manan Ahmed is a historian of Islam in South Asia. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2008. Since 2009, he has taught at Freie Universität in Berlin. Currently, he is working on two monograph-length studies: "The Long Thirteenth Century of the Chachnama", and a cultural history of Pakistan. His essays and reviews on Pakistan, U.S. foreign policy, and empire have appeared in The Nation
, The Guardian
, The National
(UAE), Express Tribune
, Pakistan Today
, The Caravan
(New Delhi), and various online media around the world. He has also appeared numerous times on Radio and TV posing as an ‘expert’ on Pakistan or on Islam. He asks for your understanding. These are hard times we live in.
He started "Chapati Mystery" in 2004 as a space for culturally and historically situated political commentary on Pakistan. Chapati Mystery is a community of readers, critics, informed observers, people with a deep commitment to the political, the social and the humorous. Creating and sustaining that community is, Manan believes, his proudest achievement.