Recent Conferences and Invited Talks:


‘The Blind Leading the Blind? Multivocality, Certainty, and the Impact of Sufism on the Regime of taqlīd.’ Paper presenter and co-organizer (together with Ali Mian/Seattle University) of the panel “Certainty and Ambiguity in Modern Islam,” held at the 33rd Deutscher Orientalistentag, Friedrich-Schiller Universität, Jena, Germany, 18-22 September 2017


‘An Alliance of Shady Trees and Meadows in Bloom: Rallying Sunni Traditionalism between the Middle East and South Asia.’ Invited talk delivered at the “Sharia in Motion II Workshop”, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, 14-16 July 2017


‘Potentials of Periphery: how Pakistan's Shi'is Navigate the Pull of West Asia.’ Invited talk delivered at the “West Asia Workshop,” University of Sussex, Falmer, UK, 17 May 2017


‘Casting aside the Clutches of Conjecture: The Striving for Religious Certainty at Aligarh.’ Invited talk delivered at the Conference “Revisiting the Writings of the Aligarh Movement,” held at the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany, 05-06 May 2017


‘A Puzzle of Resilience: The Islamic Schools of Law between South Asia and the Middle East.’ Invited talk delivered at the Near and Middle East, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 05 December 2016


‘Center and Periphery in Islam: Pakistan, Shi‘ism, and the Limits of the Transnational.’ Invited lecture delivered at the Bayerisches Orientkolloqium, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany, 25 November 2016


‘Striving for a Sunni State: Anti-Shi‘i Sectarianism and Belonging in Pakistan.’ Invited paper presentation at the conference “Islam and Citizenship: Perspectives from the Middle East and South Asia,” held at Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany, 11 November 2016


‘How can there be a madhhab after Sayyid Aḥmad Khān? Ḥanafī Islam and its critique in South Asia.’ Paper presented at the 45th Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, WI, USA, 20-23 October 2016


‘Printed Jihad: Afghanistan’s religious periodicals of the 1980s.’ Invited talk delivered as part of a lecture series on Afghanistan, 15 June 2016, Central Asia Institute, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany


'Elusive Centers: Transnational Shīʿism between Pakistan and the Middle East,' paper presented at the conference “Trans-l Encounters: Religious Education and Islamic Popular Culture in Asia and the Middle East,” held at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) at the University of Marburg, Germany, 26 -28 May 2016


'Diverging Fates: Madhhab Identities in the Middle East and South Asia.' Paper presentation and co-organizer (together with Justin Jones/University of Oxford) of the panel “When Fiqh Meets the State: New Problems and Solutions in Islamic law,” held at the Third Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS), Senate House, University of London, 11-12 April 2016


'Shi'i Thought in Pakistan: The Limits of the Transnational.' Paper presentation at the conference “An Intellectual History for Pakistan,” St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, 01 March 2016






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