Mahmood Kooria is a historian affiliated to Leiden University in the Netherlands, and Ashoka University in India. For several years now, he has been exploring the stories and histories of the Indian Ocean and Islamic worlds, Afro-Asian connections and global intellectual histories. Currently he studies the matriarchal Muslim communities of the Indian Ocean littoral from East Africa to South/East Asia. Earlier, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Dutch Institute in Morocco (NIMAR); African Studies Centre, Leiden (ASCL), International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS). He received his PhD from the Leiden University Institute for History in 2016, and read his M.Phil and M.A. in Ancient Indian History at the Centre for Historical Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Mahmood has co-edited with Michael N. Pearson Malabar in the Indian Ocean World: Cosmopolitanism in a Maritime Historical Region (Oxford University Press, 2018), and has published articles in several peer-reviewed international journals such as Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient; Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales; Law & History Review; Oxford Journal of Law and Religion; Itinerario.