Jahan Mahmood

Jahan Mahmood is a former university lecturer, he read theology and history at the University of Birmingham. From 2003 to 2009, Jahan taught community history at the University of Birmingham and undertook a number of research projects exploring the martial traditions of the cities Afghan and Pakistani diaspora communities. He currently works as an independent community and military historian.


In 2009, he gave a ground-breaking paper at All Souls College, University of Oxford, exploring the links between militarised areas from pre-partition Pakistan and Britain’s Pakistani diasporas. In the paper, he also made mention of the Indian teenage fatalities (aged between 15 and 17) of the Italian Campaign of the Second World War, the vast majority of these young soldiers were recruited from Pakistan’s frontier province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan administered Punjab and Kashmir.

 Besides his academic work, Jahan has dedicated an immense amount of time to improving the lives of disaffected young Muslim men in the inner city regions of Birrmingham. He has mentored more than 2000 young people across the West Midlands region and continues to deliver a wide range of educational programmes tackling radicalisation and gun and gang crime.

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