My research interests include South Asian Islam, Mughal Empire history, colonialism in South Asia, postcolonial theory, racialization of religion, religious identity formation, historiography, and the development of theories of religion.


Words of Experience: Translating Islam with Carl W. Ernstco-edited with Brannon Wheeler (Equinox, 2020).





Indian Muslim Minorities and the 1857 Rebellion: Religion, Rebels and Jihad (I. B. Tauris, 2017; paperback 2020)





edited special edition journal

Shifting Boundaries: The Study of Islam in the Humanities, special edition of Muslim World, Volume 106, Number 4 (October 2016). with Zahra M. S. Ayubi.


Morgenstein Fuerst, Ilyse R. “Locating Religion in South Asia: Islamicate Definitions and Categories,” Comparative Islamic Studies, Volume 10, no. 2 (2017): 217-241.

Morgenstein Fuerst, Ilyse R. and Zahra M. S. Ayubi. “Shifting Boundaries: the Study of Islam in the Humanities,” Muslim World, Volume 106, Number 4 (October 2016), pp. 643-654.

Morgenstein Fuerst, Ilyse R. “A Muslim Bhagavadgita: ‘Abd al-Rahman’s Interpretive Translation and its Implications.” Journal of South Asian Religious History. Vol. 1 (2015). pp. 1-29.

—–. “Space, Power, And Stories: Hagiography, Nationalist Discourse, and the Construction of Sacred Space at the Khwaja Sahib in Ajmer, India,” Symposia: The Graduate Student Journal of the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. Vol 3, 1 (2011) pp. 55-69.

digital scholarship

“Looking for Religion in South Asian Islamicate Sources,” Maydan, an online publication of Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University. December 18, 2017.

“Tracking Hate: Islam and Race after the Presidential Election,” in Religion & Politics, a project of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. December 6, 2016.

What Is Islam? Forum, Marginalia Review of Books, co-editor/co-author with Kristian Petersen. 6-part review series with critical introduction by Petersen and myself on Shahab Ahmed’s What is Islam? The Case for Being Islamic (Princeton UP: 2015). Originally published August 19-26, 2016. Co-authored introduction here:

“Spinning but not Religious: Inside the New Economy of Spiritual Fitness,” Religion Dispatches, June 14, 2016.

5-part series on “Indian Summers,” PBS Masterpiece Theater program (2015), in Sacred Matters: Religious Currents in Culture. Series accessible here:


Morgenstein Fuerst, Ilyse R. Review of Lisa Balabanlilar, Imperial Identity in the Mughal Empire: Memory and Dynastic Politics in Early Modern South and Central Asia. London: I. B. Tauris & Co. Ltd., 2012, in the Internatinal Journal for Middle East Studies, Volume 45, Issue 03, pp. 603-604.

—–. Review of Nyla Ali Khan, ed. The Parchment of Kashmir: History, Society, and Polity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, in The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, forthcoming (anticipated Fall 2013).

—–. (2011). Review of Sameetah Agha, Elizabeth Kolsky, and Nicholas B. Dirks, Fringes of Empire: Peoples, Places, and Spaces in Colonial India. The Journal of Asian Studies, 70:2, pp. 602-604.

—–. Review of Islam in South Asia in Practice, ed. Barbara Metcalf. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009, in Journal of Contemporary Asia, 41: 1, February 2011, pp. 176-178.

encyclopaedia articles

Morgenstein Fuerst, Ilyse. “al-Sa`dī,” “Ahmad Khān,” and “al-Hamadhānī.” Biographical Dictionary of Islamic Civilisation and Culture, ed. Mustafa Shah. London: I. B. Tauris, forthcoming.

—–. “Abū al-Faḍl” and  “Nizām-ud-Dīn Awliyā.” Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, Islam section ed. Zayn Kassam. New York: Springer Publishing, forthcoming.