Key Publications.

Discusses the ways in which Kashmiri women created oppositional and nonessentialist narratives that forged new niches in society through the pathways of multilayered identities and inclusiveness. The multiple narratives of Kashmiri women disrupt the notion of Kashmiri women as voiceless repositories of tradition.


Provides a feminist biography of Akbar Jehan Abdullah - the author's grandmother - and her role in the modern history of her country.


Collects essays from Kashmiri scholars of all disciplines to underline the repercussions of India's anti-democratic strategies, delineate the fundamental structural inequities in the Jammu and Kashmir polity, and analyze the effects of nationalist, militant and religious discourses and praxes. Offers a panorama of key cultural concerns of Jammu and Kashmir today, from the military aspects of the Kashmir conflict to the modern-day revival of indigenous cultural institutions.


Examines the seminal spiritual and political role of women in Kashmir, while also highlighting the plight of Kashmir generally as a gnarled bone of contention between India and Pakistan; gives an insider's analysis of the effects of nationalist, militant, and religious discourses and praxes on a gender-based hierarchy.


Delineates the fundamental structural inequities in the Jammu and Kashmir polity, which are exacerbated by political and military intrusions of the Pakistani administration and the engendering of political resistance.


Analyzes the recorded poems and paradigmatic sayings of Lalla-Ded, a Sufi mystic, to retrieve the rich details of her life that have been relegated to the background in the documented version of history. Discusses the radical political and socioeconomic changes in the role of Kashmiri women between 1947 and 1989.


  • "Citizenship in a Transnational Age: Culture and Politics in Amitav Ghosh’s ‘The Shadow Lines’" in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines: A Critical Companion, edited by Murari Prasad (Pencraft International, 2007).

Argues that Amitav Ghosh is critical of the putative historical and religious necessity to forge a unified nationalist identity. At the same time, Khan argues that the resurgence of cultural and religious fanaticisms in certain transnational communities negates Ghosh’s utopian view of differences, despite its historical basis.


Critiques the nostalgic support of subversive elements by the affluent diaspora from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh by focusing on the representation of South Asian life in the works of four Anglophone writers: V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh and Anita Desai.


In South Asia: State, Society and Development. Ed. Gull Mohammad Wani. New Delhi: Gyan Publishing House, 2017. “Becoming Kashmiri.” IIC Quaterly 44.1 (Summer 2017): 123-127. “Hope for Peace: Cost of Conflict in South Asia.” Harvard South Asia Institute Blog. 2 November, 2015. 

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