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Dr Saumya Saxena

Dr Saumya Saxena

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Associate, Jesus College

Room 321,
Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Cambridge CB3 9DT
Office Phone: 01223 761735


Saumya Saxena is a legal historian interested family law, religion, and gender politics in India. She writes on women’s rights movements, religion and law in late 20th and 21st century South Asia. Her research brings into conversation a number of archives and analyses how issue of religious personal law contributed to the unique evolution of both, the rule of law, and the doctrine of secularism in India.

Subject groups/Research projects

World History:

Research Interests

Gender, law, democracy, South Asia

Key Publications

Saxena, Saumya. "Commissions, Committees, and Custodians of Muslim Personal Law in Postindependence India." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 38, no. 3 (2018): 423-438.

Saxena, Saumya. "‘Court’ing Hindu nationalism: law and the rise of modern Hindutva." Contemporary South Asia 26, no. 4 (2018): 378-399.

Saxena, Saumya. "Human rights and state-enforced religious family laws in Israel, Egypt and India by Yuksel Sezgin." (2016): 113-116.

Saxena, Saumya. "Reinvention of Communal Identities and Implications for Democracy." Economic and Political Weekly(2013): 47-53.