Alka Patel, 2018–2019 | National Humanities Center

Alka Patel (NHC Fellow, 2018–19)

Project Title

India, Iran and Empire: The Shansabanis of Ghur, c.1150-1215

University of California, Irvine

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Alka Patel

Fellowship Work Summary, 2018–19

Alka Patel drafted much of the Introduction and made substantial progress on two chapters for her work in progress India, Iran and Empire: The Shansabānīs of Ghūr, c. 1150–1215. She also completed the final version of her chapter contribution to a special issue of Marg (Mumbai, India) dedicated to historical Gandhara. Additionally, she initiated an exhibition with the Getty Research Institute titled At the Crossroads: Qandahar in Imagines and Empires. This show of fifty-three nineteenth-century photographs (in facsimile) of southern Afghanistan, co-curated with Fran Terpak, will tour three of the country’s major cities, including Qandahar, Herat and Kabul in late 2020.