Abdul Manan Bhat

Abdul Manan Bhat

PhD Candidate


Cohen Hall 223

Abdul Manan is a fourth year PhD student in the Department of Religious Studies at  the University of Pennsylvania, where he focuses on Islamic literatures, poetry, emotions, sensory practices, Sufism and Islamic adab in the twentieth century. His dissertation, tentatively titled "Sensing Persiante: Poems, Poetry, Islamic Adab in the 20th century", explores Urdu and Persian poetry and its performance across Persianate South-Asia as a site of conceptualizing sensory and discursive dimensions of Islamic adab in the 20th century. Abdul Manan is a Penn Presidential PhD Fellow. 

Abdul received his B.A in Religious Studies and International Affairs from Lafayette College, where he wrote about Islamic imagery in 20th century Urdu poetry, focusing on the corpus of the noted poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Abdul was born and brought up in Kashmir; he is fluent in Kashmiri, Urdu, Hindi, and is currently working on Persian and Arabic.


BA, Lafayette College, 2018

Research Interests

Islamic studies

Sufi Literature

Modernities in the Islamicate


Socialism and Islam

Research Areas
Material and Visual Culture
Modernities, Secularism, and Science
Politics and Publics
Courses Taught

Fall 2019: Teaching Assistant, “Religion and Sports”

Spring 2020: Teaching Assistant, “From Jesus to Mohammad”

Fall 2020: Teaching Assistant, "The Religion of Anime"

Spring 2021: Teaching Assistant, "Satan"

Selected Publications