• Finalist, Random House Creative Writing Award, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.
• Finalist, Marina Nemat Award 2012
• Longlist, Guernica Prize for Literary Fiction 2019
Works in Progress
Drinking the Ocean. An excerpt from the piece was nominated for the 2009-2010 Random House Creative Writing Award as well as the 2012 Marina Nemat Award. The manuscript has been longlisted for the 2019 Guernica Prize for Literary Fiction.
Poetry and Short Stories
Poetry: “Timid.” UC Review 2003-2004,
Short story: “Under Frozen Soil.” Descant 162 (“Masala”). Fall 2013.
Short story: “Zahra”. Published in “Voices from the 11th Floor.” The Soap Boax Press. 2019.
“The ‘Caliphate Question’: British Views and Policy toward Pan-Islamic Politics and the End of the Ottoman Caliphate”. The American Journal of the Islamic Social Sciences (24:4).
Abstract: This paper examines British approaches to the caliphate from the beginning of the First World War to its dissolution in 1924. Background will be given as to how the Islamic conception of the caliphate shifted over time. It also examines British use of the caliphate as a political tool in the nineteenth century. The primary focus will be on British suggestions of an Arab caliphate during the First World War, the support of which would later cause significant agitation and concern for imperial stability in India. Fear of Indo-Muslim opinion would greatly influence British policy on the Ottoman Empire in the post-bellum period. With the creation of the Turkish Republic and the subsequent disestablishment of the caliphate, Hussein ibn Ali, a key participant in the Arab revolt, would officially announce his claim to the title based on his interpretation of British support. The United Kingdom’s foreign policy establishment, which strove to avoid suggestions of complicity lest further anti-British activity be encouraged in India, eventually contributed to Hussein’s downfall. While historical, the paper does examine the contemporary relevance of imperialist pretensions in the Islamic world. The relationship between ideological Islamic movements and imperialist foreign policy concerns and the role of the West in creating unexpected political mobilization in the Islamic world was as significant in the first quarter of the twentieth century as it is now.