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Scholarship to honor graduate student’s memory

Syed Nesar Ahmad, a graduate student in sociology at Binghamton University, was killed Sept. 5, 1986, in the attempted hijacking of Pan Am flight 73 at the Karachi airport.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of his death, a scholarship has been created by his widow and his friends and family. The scholarship, a maximum of $2,500, will be awarded once a year to a Binghamton graduate student affiliated with the Fernand Braudel Center who is using world-systems analysis in the study of the Middle East or South Asia.

When Ahmad died, he was returning from the World Congress of Sociology in New Delhi, India, where he presented a paper to defend his Ph.D. dissertation. He was a student of Immanuel Wallerstein and was affiliated with the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems and Civilizations, where he was a member of the Research Working Group on South Asia.

Wallerstein worked with Ahmad’s widow, Fareena Sultan, to have the Ph.D. awarded posthumously and to have the dissertation published by Greenwood Press as Origins of Muslim Consciousness in India: A World-System Perspective (1991).

For a scholarship application, contact Nesar Ahmad Memorial Scholarship, Fernand Braudel Center, Binghamton University, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton N.Y. 13902-6000 or e-mail The deadline for completed applications is Feb. 1.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08