Shahid Jamal specializes in Medieval and Early Modern Indian History. His long-term academic interest is the Persian language with a particular focus on source criticism and Persian literary tradition. In his research, he is interested in understanding discursive practices developed in Persian chroniclers in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth-century India. This textual tradition is a bland of Iranian and Indian literary idioms from a variety of Hindavi literature. He defended his Ph.D. thesis ‘Intertextuality in Indo-Persian Historiography: A Study of the Sources of Jahangir’s Reign’ at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2021.
The areas of his general interest include intellectual and cultural history of Islam, Muslim Societies, Sufi ideas, and intellectual encounters between Christian and Muslim scholars at the Mughal court.
He is working as a research associate at CSH in the framework of research project “Persian and Frank encounters in the early modern Mughal empire” under the supervision of Prof. Ines G. Zupanov.