Presentations and Invited Lectures

“Intentionality in Ḥadīth: The Ethical Subject between Autonomy and Heteronomy.” Ḥadīth and Ethics: Concepts, Approaches and Theoretical Foundations, a three-day seminar hosted by CILE, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar. 30 April-2 May 2019.

Taqlīd as Trust: A Philosophical Inquiry.” From Historiography to Philosophical Engagement: The Future of Islamic Philosophy,” a two-day conference at Syracuse University, NY. 5-6 April 2019.

“Sufi Shrines in Modern South Asia.” University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. Hosted by the Comparative Religion Program at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (NELC), and South Asia Studies. 5 March 2019. 

“Contesting Courts: Islamic Law in Colonial and Post-Colonial South Asia.” Centre of South Asian Studies. University of Cambridge. 28 November 2018. 

“Marketing Muslims: Islam in the Bazaars of Modern South Asia.” St. Anthony’s College, Oxford. 13 November 2018. 

“Reciting the Self: The Place of Poetry in Muslim South Asia.” Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. 29 October 2018. 

“Beyond Minority/Majority: Theorizing Islam in South Asia.” Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. University of Exeter. 10 October 2018. 

“Embodying the Sunnah: Deobandi Hadith Commentaries.” Panel on “Arabic in South Asia.” 25th European Conference on South Asian Studies. École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Paris, France. 24-27 July 2018. 

“The Idea of ‘the World’ (al-dunya) in Ashraf ‘Ali Thanvi’s Sermons.” Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. 18 July 2018. 

“Genres of Desire: The Erotic in Deobandi Islam.” Zentrum für Interreligiöse Studien. Universität Bamberg. 11 July 2018. 

“Struggling in Seattle: Embodying Islam in the Pacific Northwest.” Institute of Catholic Thought and Culture. Seattle University. 6 June 2018.

Presenter, Co-Organizer, and Respondent in “Queering Psychoanalysis: The Sexed Body in South Asia,” a 2-day interdisciplinary workshop at Columbia University (sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion and Sexuality and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life). 30-31 March 2018. 

“The Ornamental in the Art Work of Naiza Khan.” Dartmouth College. 28 March 2018. 

“Genres of Desire: The Erotic in Deobandi Islam.” Princeton University. Department of Religion. 26 January 2018. 

“The Concept of Taqlid: A Philosophical Inquiry.” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Boston, MA. 18-22 November 2017.

“Islamic Perspectives on Creation” at Epiphany of Seattle. 12 November 2017. 

“Toxic Hypermasculinity” at Wellspring Family Services. 12 October 2017.

“Spectral Queerness in Muslim South Asia.” University of Washington, Seattle. 5 May 2017 (invited by the South Asia Center and the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies).

“Documenting Lahore’s Khawajsaras: Subject Formation, Embodiment, and Politics.” Columbia University conference entitled, “Intimacies I: Sexualities in Contemporary Muslim Societies.” 13-14 April 2017 (invited by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life).

“Spectral Queerness in South Asian Muslim Orthodoxy.” Columbia University. 23 January 2017 (invited by the Department of Religion, Columbia University).

“Genre Matters: Sameness and Difference in Sunni Traditionalism.” Global Muslim Encounters: Homogenisation and Diversity across Time and Space.” University of Cambridge. 9-10 December 2016.

“Troubling Technologies: The Regulation of Modern Media in Deobandi Orthodoxy.” Negotiating Technologies: A Muslim South Asia Workshop (SOAS, University of London). Workshop held at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. 14-15 October 2016.

“Revealing and Concealing Technologies: Ashraf ‘Ali Thanvi on Technological Modernity in British India.” Princeton South Asia Conference (Conference Theme: “Technologies and Traditions”). Princeton University. 17-18 April 2015.

“Muslim Politics in the Virtual: Muhammad Qasim Nanautvi’s Ontology.” Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. Philadelphia 27-30 March 2014.

“Displaced Ornaments: The Body Unbecoming in Naiza Khan’s Art.” Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association. Chicago. 9-12 January 2014.

“Knowledge in Late Sunni Traditionalism: Genealogy of a Concept.” Annual Meeting of the AAR. Baltimore, Maryland. 23-26 November 2013.

“Ashraf ‘Ali Thanvi’s Bihishti zewar and the Paradox of Traditionalist Authority.” The Princeton Islamic Studies Colloquium Graduate Student Conference on “Failure” in Islamic Reform. Princeton University. April 12-13, 2013.

“Speculum of a different aurat: South Asian Muslim Traditionalism Meets Irigaray.” South Asia By the Bay Graduate Student Conference. Stanford University. May 9-11, 2012.

“Simone de Beauvoir, Biopolitics, and the Nonsovereign Autonomous Subject.” Simone de Beauvoir Today Syposium. Duke University. September 23, 2011.

“Between Memory and Imagination: Muhammad Iqbal’s Hermeneutics of Temporality.” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Montreal, Canada.  7-10 November 2009.

“Gender Trouble in Islamicate Texts and Contexts: Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi on the Body, Gender, and Sexuality.” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Montreal, Canada.  7-10 November 2009.

“Constant Craving for the Divine: Psychoanalytic Practices in a North Indian Sufi Hospice.” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Chicago, Illinois. November 1-3, 2008.

“‘What their Hands Have Sent Forward’: Performatives of the Hand as Described in Qur’anic Exegesis and Hadith Literature.” Fifth Annual Duke-UNC Islamic Studies Conference. Duke University. April 5-6, 2008.

Tajdid-i Tasawwuf-o Suluk: South Asian Ulamas’ Attempts at Translating and Situating Sufism in an Orthodox Theological Framework.” Third Annual Duke-UNC Islamic Studies Conference. Duke University. April 14-15, 2006.


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