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Taushif Kara

Taushif Kara

PhD Candidate, World History

Sidney Sussex College
Cambridge CB2 3HU


I obtained my BA from McGill University in Montréal in 2012. Before coming to Cambridge in 2016 for my MPhil in World History, I spent two years in London at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, where I studied Islamic history and philosophy. I also served as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Religions and Philosophies at SOAS, working alongside Dr. Jan-Peter Hartung. 

My MPhil research explored the formation and consolidation of the Khoja diaspora across the Indian ocean in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 2017, I was awarded the Institute of Ismaili Studies doctoral scholarship.

Research Interests

My research, under the supervision of Dr. Sujit Sivasundaram, focuses on the intellectual and social history of the Khoja diaspora around the Indian ocean. Using their migration to East Africa in the late 19th century as a vantage point, I hope to situate the Khoja and their leader, Aga Khan III, within broader developments in global Islam during the colonial moment. I draw on the colonial archive as well as texts internal to the Khoja, reading both against and alongside oral accounts and community memory.

I am also interested more broadly in world history, South Asian migration and diaspora, and global intellectual history, particularly developments in Muslim political thought through the 20th century. 


I am available to supervise for Paper 23, World History since 1914. 

Other Professional Activities

  • Convenor, Cambridge World History Workshop
  • Convenor, Interventions: The Intellectual History Podcast


  • Imperial History


Key Publications