Abdul Manan Bhat

Abdul Manan Bhat

PhD Candidate


Cohen Hall 223

Abdul Manan is a fourth year PhD Candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he specializes in Sufism in Persianate societies, Urdu and Persian poetry, and Islamic sociality in South Asia. His dissertation, tentatively titled "Sensing Persianate: Poems, Performance, Islamic Adab in the 20th Century", explores Urdu and Persian poetry and its performance across northern India, Pakistan and Afghanistan as a site of conceptualizing sensory and discursive dimensions of Islamic adab in the 20th century. His project puts in conversation the careers of the Afghan poet Khalilullah Khalili (d.1987) and the Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz (d.1984). He works primarily in Persian and Urdu, secondarily in Arabic, Hindi and Kashmiri, and he is currently studying Pashto. Abdul Manan is a Penn Presidential PhD Fellow. 

Abdul Manan 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 Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Abdul was born and brought up in Kashmir. 


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