Current Fellows’ Research
Paul Anderson is studying the social and political anthropology of the Arab world (especially Syria), particularly issues of language, agency, ethics, religious piety, trust and personhood. He has been announced as a Co-Investigator on a new AHRC-funded project exploring the Afterlives of Muslim Asia. He will be focusing on urban heritage and diasporic relations connected to the city of Aleppo:
Khaled Fahmy’s current research seeks to understand how the ‘June War’ of 1967 or ‘Naksa’ (‘The Setback’) impacted on the lives of ordinary Egyptians. He is taking a larger view of the war, starting in 1967 and ending with the 1973 war, looking not only at internecine tensions among the military / political elite, but also at ordinary men and women and their experience of this six year war.
For his recent TV interview on the 1973 war see here.
This study, by Mehrunisha Suleman, aims to address the knowledge gap in this field by collating and analysing the views and experiences of Muslim patients and families and those involved in their care. As well as a vast amount of research via personal interviews with patients and families this project has reached over 100 health-care professionals, hospice workers, chaplains, and other people working in end-of-life care both inside and alongside the NHS. Ongoing workshops and training days are embedding real change in a neglected aspect of healthcare for Muslims in Britain today.
The intellectual history of the Khoja diaspora
Taushif Kara’s research focuses on the intellectual history of the Khoja diaspora around the Indian ocean world. With their migration to eastern Africa in the nineteenth century as a vantage point, he situates the Khoja and their ideas within and against broader developments in African, Muslim, and Indian political thought during the colonial moment. Drawing on a range of archives, he is studying key terms of belonging, politics, and community and in doing so try to displace standard narratives of colonial knowledge and sovereignty.
Manuscripts and Experience in Islamicate Societies of South Asia
Vivek Gupta will be turning his thesis (“Manuscripts and Experience in Islamicate Societies of South Asia (ca. 1450–1600)“) into a monograph, researching Bihari Qur’an manuscripts, and pursuing outreach that addresses curatorial literacy in India.
This one-year project by Emanuelle Degli Esposti, sponsored by the British Academy, is looking into the definition of ‘sectarianism’ and working towards a better definition of the intersection between different aspects of Islam.