P.K. Yasser Arafath is a historian of medieval and early modern India. His research primarily focuses on Kerala, and the areas of his interests include its intellectual traditions, Arabi- Malayalam literature, history of violence, Indian Ocean communities and the cultural history of the body and hygiene. He is also interested in the history of science, technology and gastro- politics. His research papers and essays are published in edited volumes and peer reviewed journals that include Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society,
Economic & Political Weekly, Social Scientist, The Medieval History Journal, and The Indian Economic and Social History Review. He regularly writes for news-papers and popular magazines and his articles are published in The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Telegraph, Deccan Chronicle, The Asian Age, The Wire, Madhyamam, Deshabhimani and Mathrubhumi.
Routledge has published his first book (co-edited with Haris Qadeer, London and New York, 2021), entitled Sultana’s Sisters: Genres, Gender, and Genealogy in South Asian Muslim Women’s Fiction. Currently, he is in the process of completing a monograph on Indian Ocean texts entitled Malabarnama: Intimate Texts, Ulema, and the Lyrical Resistance in the Age of Disorder (1500- 1875). He received a number of research fellowships including those awarded by the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). In 2017, he was at the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, as the Dr. L.M. Singhvi Visiting Fellow.