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Fahad Ahmad Bishara




fbishara [at] fas.harvard.edu

Fahad Ahmad Bishara’s research interests lie in the fields of legal history and the history of capitalism – primarily in the Islamic world, but also beyond it. His current research traces the legal transformation of the Western Indian Ocean through the Arab and Indian settlement and commercialization of the East African coast during the nineteenth century. His next project is a microhistory, exploring the dhow trade in the Indian Ocean during the early twentieth century through logbooks left behind by Kuwaiti sea captains (nakhodas). He received his Ph.D. in History from Duke University in 2012, and holds an M.A. in Arab Gulf Studies from the University of Exeter. His research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies, and he is an alumnus of the Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History.