Personal profile

Research interests

My research focuses on the changing dynamics of Shi’ism in Kashmir, embodied in the commemorative processions during Moharram. Processions which commemorate the ‘martyrdom’ of Imam Hussain and his companions are central to collective Shia devotion and also imbibe the transnational trends and language in the Shia world. Thus, I tend to cover a localised transnational impact in the lifeworld of the Kashmiri Shia community.  I combine historical research methods with ethnography and draw on political and social theory also. The broader impact is directed not exclusively at South Asian History but at wider interdisciplinary and regional concerns of great public relevance. 

Research Interests: Public History, Shi’ism, transnationalism, Kashmir History, Identity and politics.

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, MA Sociology, Religion and Resistance: Shi'i rituals in Kashmir, Jamia Millia Islamia

Award Date: 6 Oct 2020