MARGRIT PERNAU received her Ph.D. from Heidelberg University in 1991. She is the author of The Passing of Patrimonialism: Hyderabad 1911–48 (Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2000). She is a Research Fellow at Bielefeld University (Germany) and is currently working on Muslim identities in Shahjahanabad in the nineteenth century. She has been living in Delhi since 1997.