Irfan Habib is Professor Emeritus, History, Aligarh Muslim University. Former Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research, he was awarded Padma Bhusan in 2005. He was Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research during 1987-93. He was also the President of the Indian History Congress in 1981. In 1991 he was invited to deliver the Radhakrishnan Lecturer at Oxford. He is an Elected Corresponding Fellow, British Royal Historical Society since 1998. Faiz Habib is cartographer, Dept of History, Aligarh Muslim University.