Roy S. Fischel is a Senior Lecturer in the History of South Asia at SOAS University of London. He completed his PhD at the University of Chicago in 2012. His work focuses on state, society, ideology, and identity––and the intersection between them––in early modern South Asia and the Muslim world. His first monograph, Local States in an Imperial World: Identity, Society and Politics in the Early Modern Deccan, was published in 2020 by Edinburgh University Press and the Royal Asiatic Society. His current work examines Persian historiography and politics in the Deccan Sultanates.