I received my PhD in Sociology from York University (Toronto) in 2007 and my MA in Sociology from the University of Alberta in 1998. My BA is from Queen’s University (Kingston).
During 2013, I was a visiting professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. In 2008, I was a visiting fellow at the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World in Leiden, The Netherlands, and in 2006, I was an invited junior fellow at the Summer Academy on ‘Islam and the Repositioning of Religion’ at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut in Essen, Germany.
A social theorist at heart, I am interested in religion, especially Islam, secularism, liberalism, modernity and the cultural side of globalization. I engage with the assumptions underlying knowledge of the human condition as expressed in the human sciences and in religions. Currently, I am investigating how hermeneutics lends itself to providing interpretations of religious texts and practices that emphasize immanence, critique and recognition of historical distance.
On the empirical side, I focus on Muslims in western societies and increasingly on cultural changes in Pakistani society.
I am interested in supervising graduate students in areas pertaining to Islam and secularism; intercultural understanding and criticism; hermeneutics; philosophy of the human sciences; and cultural aspects of Pakistani society.
My undergraduate teaching generally focuses on issues pertaining to inter-cultural understanding and pluralism, and my signature course is a 4th-year seminar (GS422) entitled Dialogue and Critique in an Age of Terror.
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