Dr. Mahmood Kooria is a historian and academic. He holds research positions at Leiden University (the Netherlands) and the University of Bergen (Norway) and is a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Ashoka University (India). Earlier, he was a research fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL), and the Dutch Institute in Morocco (NIMAR). His research specialisations are the premodern Indian Ocean world, Afro-Asian connections, matrilineal Muslims, and Islamic legal history. He has authored Islamic Law in Circulation: Shafi`i Texts across the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean (Cambridge University Press), and co-edited Malabar in the Indian Ocean World: Cosmopolitanism in a Maritime Historical Region (Oxford University Press) and Islamic Law in the Indian Ocean: Texts, Ideas, and Practices (Routledge).