David Taylor

Dr David Taylor​

Dr David Taylor is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations,  Dr Taylor holds a PhD in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He graduated in History in 1966 from the University of Cambridge and completed his MA in Area Studies from SOAS.
Dr Taylor was Vice Provost of the Aga Khan University from 2002-2008. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at SOAS, where he became Dean and then Pro-Director with responsibility for teaching. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Panjab University in Chandigarh (India), Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, and the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.

His research interests include; Indian nationalism and its determinants; Indian political thought; right-wing political movements in India; political economy of India and the nature of the Indian state; mass media and politics in India; Islam and politics in Pakistan.
  • (ed. with P. Robb), Rule, Protest, Identity: Aspects of Modern South Asia (London, Curzon Press, 1978)
  • (ed. with M. Yapp), Political Identity in South Asia (London, Curzon Press, 1979)
  • (ed. with K. Ballhatchet), Changing South Asia (5 vols), (Hong Kong, Asia Research Service, 1984)
  • (ed. with Bharati Ray), Politics and Identity in South Asia (Kolkata, K.P. Bagchi, 2001)
  • ed. Islam in South Asia (4 vols), (London, Routledge, 2011)
  • Pakistan (Oxford, Clio Press, 1990: World Bibliographical Series, vol. 10)
  • Kashmir (Oxford, Clio Press, 2000: World Bibliographical Series, vol. 225)
Chapters in Books
  • 'The Crisis of Authority in the Indian National Congress, 1936-1939', in B. N. Pandey ed., Leadership in South Asia (Delhi, Vikas, 1977), pp 321-40
  • 'Concepts of Duty held by Indian Nationalist Thinkers', in W. D. O'Flaherty and J. D. M. Derrett eds., The Concept of Duty in South Asia (Delhi, Vikas, and London, SOAS, 1978) pp 205-16
  • 'Religion and Politics in India', in R. Jackson ed., Perspectives on World Religions (London, SOAS, 1978) pp 237-50
  • 'Political Identity in South Asia', in Taylor and Yapp eds., op.cit. pp 255-66
  • 'Jinnah's Political Apprenticeship, 1906-24', in A. H. Dani ed., World Scholars on Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah (Islamabad, Quaid-i-Azam University, 1979) pp 102-12
  • 'The Politics of Islam and Islamization in Pakistan', in James P. Piscatori ed., Islam in the Political Process (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1983) pp 181-98
  • 'The Changing Pattern of Indo-Pakistan Relations', in W-P. Zingel ed., Pakistan in its Fourth Decade (Hamburg, Deutsches Orient-Institut, 1983), pp 317-26; reprinted in W-P. Zingel and S. Avé-Lallemant eds., Pakistan in the 80s: Ideology, Regionalism, Economy, Foreign Policy (Lahore, Vanguard, 1985) pp 549-64
  • 'India', in Robert H. Taylor ed. Handbooks to the Modern World: Asia and the Pacific (New York, Facts on File, 1991), vol 1 pp 515-34
  • 'The Bharatiya Janata Party and Hindu Nationalism in India'. In Katja Fullberg-Stolberg et al. eds., Dissociation and Appropriation: Responses to Globalisation In Asia and Africa (Berlin: Verlag Das Arabische Buch, 1999), pp 151-65
  • 'Security Issues in their Political and Economic Contexts', in Nancy Jetly ed., Regional Security in South Asia, Delhi: Lancers, 1999
  • ‘Religion and Politics’, in Devin Hagerty ed., South Asia in World Politics (2005)
  • ‘Approaches to Understanding the BJP’, in Ray and Taylor eds., op. cit. pp 124-38
  • Pakistan: The Military as a Political Fixture’, in Peter Burnell et al. eds. Politics in the Developing World, 3rd ed., 2011
  • ‘Introduction’ in Taylor ed. Islam in South Asia, pp 1-17
  • Entries on ‘Aga Khan Development Network’, ‘Britain and Pakistan’, and ‘British Council’, in Oxford Companion to Pakistani History, ed. Ayesha Jalal, OUP Karachi, 2012
  • 'The Reconstruction and Use of the Statistics of the Provincial Elections of 1937', Bulletin of Computer and Quantitative Methods in South Asian Studies, no.2 (1974) pp 19-24
  • 'The Indian Election in Perspective', Representation no.68 (1977) pp 27-31
  • 'India - the Start of a New Era', Asian Affairs, vol.xi (1980) pp 245-53
  • 'Peasants, Politicians and Proconsuls', Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics vol.xix (1981) pp 187-96 (review article)
  • 'Pakistan under Military Rule', Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, vol.v (1982) pp 53-59
  • 'Integration without End in South Asia', The Round Table, no.286 (1983) pp 345-51 (review article)
  • 'The 1984 Lok Sabha Elections', South Asia Research, vol.v (1985) pp 73-86
  • 'Recent British Books on India', British Book News, September 1986 pp 507-11
  • 'The Indian National Congress: A Hundred-Year Perspective', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1987, no. 2 pp 289-305 (reprinted with minor additions in Institutions and Ideologies, ed. D. Arnold and P. Robb, London: Curzon Press, 1993, pp. 245-64)
  • 'Directions of Change: Nehru, Gandhi and Modern India', British Book News, September 1989 pp 612-15, partly reprinted as 'Nehru, Gandhi and the Raj Remembered in Writing', Britain Today (New Delhi). no. 51 (September- October 1989) pp 1-4
  • 'The Kashmir Crisis', Asian Affairs, vol.XXII Part III (October 1991), pp 303-13
  • 'Parties, Elections, and Democracy in Pakistan', Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, vol. xxx (1992) pp.96-115
  • 'De l'Inde ancienne a l'Inde d'aujourd'hui, comment s'est construit le systeme politique actuel?', Pouvoirs, no. 90 (1999)