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Dinyar Patel

Assistant Professor

Degrees: B.A. Stanford University
Ph.D. Harvard University
Phone: 777-5195
Research Interests: Modern Indian history, the Indian nationalist movement, Indian architecture and city planning, Bombay (Mumbai), Gujarat, the Parsi Zoroastrian community, Zoroastrianism
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Patel is interested in the emergence of the Indian nationalist movement, especially its less-studied roots in Bombay and western India. His dissertation, completed in May 2015, examines the political thought of Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917), perhaps the most prominent Indian nationalist figure prior to Mohandas K. Gandhi. Patel investigates how Naoroji pioneered the concept of swaraj, or Indian self-government, while exposing the deleterious economic consequences of British colonial rule on the subcontinent. Patel is also interested in the political and economic history of the Parsis, a tiny yet wealthy and influential community concentrated in Gujarat and Bombay. He has written about the community's responses to Gandhi and the non-cooperation movement (1920-1922), as well as Parsi interest in Iran during the early Pahlavi regime. 

Current Activities 

Patel is co-editing a volume of selected correspondence from the Dadabhai Naoroji Papers, which will be published by Oxford University Press in late 2015. He is also transforming his dissertation, "The Grand Old Man: Dadabhai Naoroji and the Evolution of the Demand for Indian Self-Government," into a book manuscript. He teaches courses on the history of modern South Asia and Indian intellectual history.