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Dr Siobhan Lambert-Hurley, Reader in International History, Department of History

Siobhan joined the University of Sheffield in September 2015 as Reader in International History. She is a cultural historian of modern South Asia with particular interests in women, gender and Islam. Though she has written on many themes, it is her research on Muslim cultures of travel that draws her to the Migration Research Network. She is especially interested in how travel writing as a literary genre has evolved in South Asia and other Islamicate societies in the modern period.


At present, Siobhan is leading a collaborative project entitled ‘Veiled Voyagers: Muslim Women Travellers from Asia and the Middle East’ funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2015-18). The aim of this project is to recover, translate, annotate and analyse Muslim women’s travel writing in a range of languages (including Urdu, Persian, Arabic, Turkish and English) dated from the seventeenth century to c. 1950. In doing so, it draws out the gendered relationships that inhere between travel and Muslim identities, nationalism, and the shaping of global power. On this project, see her video cast below.

Previously, Siobhan has written about travel, empire and world history as encapsulated in the lives of individual Muslim women. An example is her 2010 book with Sunil Sharma entitled Atiya’s Journeys: A Muslim Woman from Colonial Bombay to Edwardian Britain on the life, writing and travels of Atiya Fyzee (1877-1967). Born in Istanbul and raised in colonial Bombay, she was a writer, reformer and artistic patron that made multiple journeys across three continents – Asia, Europe and the Americas – in the early twentieth century. Biography is employed as a method here to deepen our understanding of a global past.

At the heart of this book is Atiya Fyzee’s fascinating account of her experience as a Muslim woman living and studying in Edwardian Britain. This roznamchah, or diary, was originally published in Urdu in a women’s journal in 1906-7. It offers unique insights into Britain’s multicultural past, as well as the ongoing cultural encounter between ‘Islam and the West’. Atiya Fyzee’s active engagement with Europe’s places, peoples and ideas points to the crucial role played by Muslim communities in the making, shaping and reconfiguring of modern Britain in the age of empire.

Related to these projects is a digital archive curated by Siobhan: ‘Accessing Muslim Lives’ [http://www.accessingmuslimlives.org]. It includes autobiographical and travel writings by men and women in the Muslim world translated from original materials in Urdu, Persian, Turkish and Arabic. Among the sources available are diary entries, articles and letters written by Muslim women travelling within and outside India from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries. Other examples of interest here are letters written by exiled Turkish nationalist, Ziya Gökalp, to his wife from Malta in 1919 and a later European travelogue by a feminist poet from Iran, Forugh Forrokhzad, from the 1950s.

Some relevant journalism:

‘Indian Students at British Universities is a tradition we should cherish and protect’, The Conversation, 16 December 2016 [https://theconversation.com/indian-students-at-british-universities-is-a-tradition-we-should-cherish-and-protect-70456]

Some relevant books:

Lambert-Hurley, Siobhan with Sunil Sharma and Daniel Majchrowicz (eds), An Anthology of Muslim Women Travellers (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2018).

Lambert-Hurley, Siobhan and Sunil Sharma, Atiya’s Journeys: A Muslim Woman from Colonial Bombay to Edwardian Britain (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2010).

Lambert-Hurley, Siobhan (ed.), A Princess’s Pilgrimage: Nawab Sikandar Begum’s A Pilgrimage to Mecca (Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2007; London: Kube, 2007; Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2008; Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2008).

Some relevant articles:

Lambert-Hurley, Siobhan, ‘Narrating Trauma, Constructing Binaries: Partition in Muslim Women’s Autobiographical Writing’ in Imagining Partition: Recent work on Memorial Practices and Cultural Production, ed. Anne Murphy and Churnjeet Mahn (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Lambert-Hurley, Siobhan, ‘Forging Global Networks in the Imperial Era: Atiya Fyzee in Edwardian London’ in India in Britain: South Asian Networks and Connections, 1858-1950, ed. Susheila Nasta (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 64-79.

Lambert-Hurley, Siobhan, ‘A Princess’s Pilgrimage: Nawab Sikandar Begam’s account of hajj’ in Travel Writing in the Nineteenth Century: Filling the Blank Spaces, ed. Tim Youngs (London: Anthem, 2006), pp. 107-27.

Lambert-Hurley, ‘Out of India: The Journeys of the Begam of Bhopal, 1901-1930’, Women’s Studies’ International Forum, 21:3 (June, 1998), pp. 263-276; reprinted in Tony Ballantyne and Antoinette Burton (eds). Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial Encounters in World History. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005, pp. 293-309.


Previous featured members

Professor Louise Ryan Department of Sociological Studies  Louise-Ryan
Dr Markus Bell School of East Asian Studies  black and white me
Professor David Robinson Department of Geography  PrfDavidRobinson
Dr Hannah Lewis Department of Sociological Studies  
Dr Francesca Strumia School of Law  
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