Conversation on the streets of Najaf, Iraq

Upcoming Conferences and Invited Talks:


Hunting for Paradigms: Shiʿi Islam and the Challenge of History. Paper presentation as part of the panel “Islamic Histories”, organized by Sana Haroon (UMass Boston), Annual Meeting, American Historical Association (AHA), January 3-6, 2020, NYC, USA


Round Table: “Author meets Critics” on In a Pure Muslim Land with SherAli Tareen (Franklin & Marshall), Megan Eaton Robb (UPenn), and Syed Rizwan Zamir (Davidson), Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, WI, USA, October 17, 2019


A Direct Flight to Revolution: Maududi and the 1979-Moment, invited paper presentation at the workshop “Divine Sovereignty, Morality and the State: Maududi and His Influence”, Kings College London, UK, September 5, 2019


The Challenge of Modernity: Global Islam between Return, Reform, and Revolution, invited lecture to be delivered at the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing, Germany, July 5, 2019



Recent Conferences and Invited Talks:


Ditching the Periphery: Shiism, Pakistan, and Global Islam, invited lecture given at the Department of Religious Studies, University of Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany, June 5, 2019


When Tehran was the Brightest Star: A Global History of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, invited lecture delivered at the Royal Asiatic Society, London, UK, April 25, 2019


Faded Networks: The Overestimated Saudi Legacy of anti-Shi‘i Sectarianism in Pakistan, invited paper presentation, SEPAD workshop on “Transnational Religious networks and the Geopolitics of the Muslim World,” Lancaster University, UK, April 16, 2019


Selective Imports: How Middle Eastern Islamists Made Sense of the Iranian Revolution, invited paper presentation at the conference “Cold War Islamisms,” Free University Berlin, Germany, March 15-16, 2019


How to Import a Revolution: Shiʿis, Islamists, and their Opponents in Pakistan. Talk delivered at the conference “The Iranian Revolution as a World Event,” Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 13-14 December 2018


Recovering the Global Impact of the Iranian Revolution – Some Conceptual Notes. Invited talk delivered at the workshop “Toward an International History of the Middle East in the 1980s,” Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Free University Berlin, Germany, 30 July 2018


Unspoken Pedigrees. Shiʿi Islam and Sayyids in Pakistan. Paper presented as part of the panel “The sayyids in South Asia: the Social and Political Role of a Muslim Elite,” European Conference on South Asia Studies (ECSAS), Paris, France, 24-28 July 2018


Limits of Transnational Control: Saudi Arabia, Iran and Sunni-Shi‘i Sectarianism in Pakistan. Invited talk delivered at the workshop “The Middle East and the Geopolitics of Religious Soft Power,” hosted by the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University and the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, USA, 18-19 April 2018


Pressuring the mahdī: Theology, Sectarianism, and the Limits of Shīʿī Reform in Pakistan. Invited talk delivered at the “Journée d’Études Franco-Allemandes sur le Chiisme Contemporain,” École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, France, 08 November 2017


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

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