SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dr James Caron

BA (Temple); PhD (Pennsylvania)
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James Caron
Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Lecturer in Islamicate South Asia

Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Lecturer in Islamicate South Asia

Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Dr James Caron
Email address:
+44 (0)20 7898 4295
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Academic Support Hours:
Wednesdays 17:00-18:30


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Florence Shahabi, Sayyid Bahodine Majrouh: an intellectual biography
  • Jack Clift, Historical fiction and historical imagination in Hindi and Urdu literature
  • Rabia Latif Khan, Narrative, memory and belonging: Constructing a ‘Hazara identity’ abroad



Caron, James (2022) 'Why Decenter the "War on Terror" in Histories of the "War on Terror"?'. International Journal of Middle East Studies, (54) 2, pp 347-351.

Caron, James and Khan, Salman (2022) 'Writing War, and the Politics of Poetic Conversation'. Critical Asian Studies, (54) 2, pp 149-170.

Caron, James (2019) 'Pashto Border Literature as Geopolitical Knowledge'. Geopolitics, (24) 2, pp 444-461.

Caron, James (2016) 'Borderland Historiography in Pakistan'. South Asian History and Culture, (7) 4, pp 327-345.

Caron, James (2016) 'Sufism and Liberation across the Indo-Afghan Border: 1880-1928'. South Asian History and Culture, (7) 2, pp 135-154.

Caron, James and Dasgupta, Ananya (2016) 'Popular Culture, Radical Egalitarianism, and Formations of Muslim Selfhood in South Asia'. South Asian History and Culture, (7) 2, pp 107-116.

Caron, James and Ahmad, Mahvish (2015) 'Activism, knowledge and publishing: some views from Pakistan and Afghanistan'. South Asian History and Culture, (7) 1, pp 30-36.

Caron, James (2015) 'The Lives of Amir Hamza Shinwari: on personal histories against an imperial border'. Tanqeed: a magazine of politics and culture, (10), pp 43-53.

Caron, James (2013) 'Elite Pasts and Subaltern Potentialities: Roundtable on the Future of Afghanistan Historiography'. International Journal of Middle East Studies, (45) 1, pp 138-141.

Caron, James (2011) 'Reading the Power of Printed Orality in Afghanistan: Popular Pashto Literature as Historical Evidence and Public Intervention'. The Journal of Social History, (45) 1, pp 172-194.

Caron, James (2007) 'Afghanistan Historiography and Pashtun Islam: Modernization Theory's Afterimage'. History Compass, (5) 1, pp 314-329.

Book Chapters

Caron, James (2017) 'Social Inequality and Ideological Circulation: Speaking for and against the Patriarchal State, 1930-1960'. Power Hierarchies and Hegemony in Afghanistan. London: I. B. Tauris. [Forthcoming]

Caron, James (2013) 'Ambiguities of Orality and Literacy, Territory and Border Crossings: Public Activism and Pashto Literature in Afghanistan, 1930-2010'. In: Green, Nile and Arbabzadah, Nushin, (eds.), Afghanistan in Ink: Literature Between Diaspora and Nation. London: Hurst.

Caron, James (2012) 'Taliban, Real and Imagined'. In: Bashir, Shahzad and Crews, Robert D, (eds.), Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


Sulamal, Abdul Wakil and Caron, James (2017) ''Faces and Thoughts (Tsire aw Andixene)'' Samovar, Strange Horizons.


Caron, James (2012) 'Sulamal's Work in Historical Context; Sulamal as Critical Historian: Preface'.


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