Ahmed Y. AlMaazmi

6th-year Ph.D. student
Jones Hall

Ahmed Yaqoub AlMaazmi studies overland and transoceanic mobilities across the Indian Ocean World. Working at the intersection of the environment and sharīʿa, he aims to investigate how legal pluralities around water, environmental infrastructures, and the politics of homemaking reflected and shaped transcultural networks within and between the Indo-Iranian Borderlands, Eastern Arabia, and East Africa in colonial times.  

Born and raised in Sharjah, Ahmed graduated from Zayed University with a B.A. (Hons) in international studies. After interning with the United Nations World Food Programme and studying cultural anthropology at Rutgers University as a Fulbright fellow, he enrolled at Princeton University to pursue a doctorate in the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

Apart from his graduate academic interests, Ahmed developed an eclectic range of curiosities over the years that include: Arabic and Iranian linguistics; early and medieval Islamic theology and history; Arabic, Persian, Balochi, Brahui, Sindhi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu, Pashto, Kurdish, and Swahili literatures; ethnic and cultural studies; folk music; culinary and gardening arts; youth culture in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

Selected Publications


           Translated & Annotated (English to Arabic)

Papers and Presentations


  • Inaugural Graduate Student Travel Grant, Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS), 2018
  • Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Higher Education Grant, Emirates Foundation, 2017–2018
  • Fulbright Fellow, 2016–2017
  • Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Academic Excellence Award, 2016  
  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Academic Excellence Award, 2015
  • Abu Dhabi Fund for Development Academic Excellence Award, 2014