Super Zakirs and Absent Ayatollahs: marjiʿ-muqallid dynamics in contemporary Pakistan, paper to be presented as part of the panel “Contemporary Notions of Shiʿi Religious Authority in Practice” at the conference on “Clergy-state relations in Twelver Shia Islam”, 20-21 May 2021, ZMO Berlin (via Zoom)

Reclaiming the Citizen: Pakistan’s Shi’is and the State, invited talk, panel on “Dynamics in South Asia” of the “Symposium on Diversity and Unity in Transnational Shi’ism”, hosted by The Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, April 5-8 (via Zoom)

Potentials of Periphery: How Pakistan’s Religious Scholars Engage Global Islam, invited talk, Panel on “Religious Thought and Tradition among Differences”, 10th University of Michigan Pakistan Conference: Religious Landscapes, 2-3 April 2021 (via Zoom)

Strange Success: The Enduring Appeal of an Islamic State after Colonialism, invited talk, Islam after Colonialism Seminar hosted by the University of Exeter and Habib University, Karachi, 30 March 2021 (via FacebookLive/Zoom),

“We carry an inerasable image in our hearts”: What Sunni Islamists learned about religious authority from the Iranian Revolution, invited talk, Panel on “Authority in the Globalised Muslim World”, Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World at the University of Edinburgh, UK, 07 December 2020 (via Zoom)

A Dream of Divine Sovereignty, Realized: Pakistan, the Jamaat-e-Islami and the Iranian Revolution, invited talk, Centre for Research of History of O. P. Jindal University, India, and the History Department of the University of Leeds, UK, 16 November 2020 (via Zoom),

Islamic Socialism in the Global South, week-long series of webinars, co-organized with Dr. Layli Uddin (King’s College London), 14-18 September 2020 (via Zoom). For more information, see

Hack the Middle East, workshop on digital humanities, co-organized with Valeska Huber (Free University Berlin) and Isabelle Dolezalek (University of Greifswald), 11-12 August 2020 (via Zoom),

Geopolitics, Iran-centrism, Foucault: Why it’s time to write a global history of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, invited talk, „Forschungskolloquium zur Geschichte der vormodernen und modernen Welt“, University of Lucerne, Switzerland, May 12, 2020 (via Zoom)

How Global Islam and the Iranian Revolution Parted Ways, Instagram Live Conversation with Sajjad Rizvi (University of Exeter) as part of the #ExeterConvos, May 4, 2020,

Book Talk on: In a Pure Muslim Land. Shi‘ism between Pakistan and the Middle East, Department of History, Quaid-i-Azam University, January 16, 2020, Islamabad, Pakistan

Book Launch of In a Pure Muslim Land. Shi‘ism between Pakistan and the Middle East, with Ali Usman Qasmi (LUMS/Lahore) and Alia Iqbal Naqvi (IBA Karachi) as part of theAfkar-e-Taza Thinkfest, January 12, 2020, Lahore, Pakistan

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

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

Tunisian modernity: The al-Hana Hotel in Tunis.