I completed my undergraduate degree at Cambridge, before moving to Oxford for my Masters, and now DPhil. I am working on Muslim intellectual history with Professor Faisal Devji. My research explores the religious and political thought of the Ahmadiyya, a Muslim movement founded in the British Punjab that, despite being legally declared non-Muslims by the Pakistani state in 1974, was fundamental to the beginnings of Islam in the West. I begin by exploring founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s vision of Islam’s spiritual colonisation of the world in the late nineteenth century. I then follow Ahmadi thinkers and missionaries around the world, from their influence within African American racial politics in the 1920s, to propositions for a federal ‘Muslim Commonwealth’ in partnership with the British monarch in the 1930s, to arguments for the Islamic foundations of the United Nations' 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. By exploring Ahmadi thought on its own terms, I aim to place the Ahmadiyya at the centre of twentieth century global Muslim intellectual history.