Murari Kumar Jha

1977 –
South Asia

Curriculum vitae

1977born in Kahua in the Darbhanga district of Bihar, India
BA in history at Bhagalpur University, Bihar, India
1999-2006studied medieval Indian history, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
2005passed the National Eligibility Test, a compulsory examination that makes one eligible to teach in Indian universities
2006-2009Encompass-fellowship at Leiden University; BA and MA/MPhil in history; learned the Dutch language
2010-2012PhD fellow (Encompass-programme), at the Institute for History, Leiden University
2013PhD under the supervision of J.L. Blussé van Oud-Alblas and J.J.L. Gommans, Leiden University
2013-presentpostdoctoral fellow, Department of History, National University of Singapore
2015assistant professor, School of Historical Studies, Nalanda University, Rajgir, India


2004  “The Mughal state and the merchant groups at Surat in the 17th century: hostility and mutual adjustment.” Indica 41,2: 151-164.
2005  “The Mughals, merchants and the European Companies in the 17th century Surat.” Asia Europe Journal 3,2: 269-283.
2006  Review of: M. N. Pearson, The Indian Ocean, London 2003. Asia Europe Journal 4,4: 625-628.
2009  “The social world of Gujarati merchants and their Indian Ocean networks in the seventeenth century.” In: Rajesh Rai and Peter Reeves (eds), The South Asian diaspora: transnational networks and changing identities, London-New York: Routledge, pp. 28-44.
2013  The political economy of the Ganga river: highway of state formation in Mughal India, c.1600-1800, [s.l.: s.n.]. – PhD thesis Leiden University; also published as e-book.
“The rhythms of the economy and vavigation along the Ganga River.” In: Satish Chandra and Himanshu Prabha Ray (eds), The sea, identity and history: from the Bay of Bengal to the South China Sea, New Delhi: Manohar, pp. 221-247.
2014  “Migration, settlement, and state formation in the Ganga Plain: a historical geographic perspective.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 57,4: 587-627.