Presentations and Invited Lectures

“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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