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Women in Research History

Professor Sarah Ansari


Reader in the History of South Asia, Royal Holloway, University of London

Make me more thirsty, friend, give me no water-
My thirst is proof that you are thirsty, too...

Dr. Annamarie Schimmel, 'Thirst' in Nightingales Under the Snow

Professor Sarah Ansari's research focuses on the recent history of South Asia, in particular those parts of the subcontinent that became Pakistan in 1947.

In her interview, Professor Ansari opens up about how she came to study this part of the world and introduces us to Sufism, a mystical and "gentler" side of Islam. She also speaks about how she first encountered the work of Annamaria Schimmel, the famous multi-lingual Harvard professor and author of more than 50 books on Islamic literature, mysticism and culture, and how their two careers intersected.

This is a personal and fascinating journey through the lives of two women enthralled by the people and culture of the Sindh region in Pakistan.

Reid Research Scholarship

Both Bedford College and Royal Holloway College have a long history of providing funding for women's education. The Reid Research Scholarship, named after Elizabeth Jesser Reid, founder of Bedford College, offers post-graduate research students a tuition fee reduction plus maintenance funds allowing them to undertake valuable areas of study.

If you would like to contribute to assisting future generations of student scholarship, find out more about giving to the College.



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