Humeira Iqtidar’s research is concerned primarily with the relationship between political imagination, religious thought and economic transformation. She is particularly interested in exploring non-western political thought and is a co-convenor of the London Comparative Political Theory group. She studied at the University of Cambridge (UK), McGill University (Canada) and Quaid-e-Azam University (Pakistan). Before joining King’s London, Humeira was based at the University of Cambridge as a fellow of King’s College and the Centre of South Asian Studies. She is the author of Secularising Islamists? Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Urban Pakistan and several articles on rethinking the categories we use to analyse the relationship between religion and politics.
From 2012 Humeira led an ERC funded research project titled “Tolerance in Contemporary Muslim Thought and Practice: Political Theory Beyond the West”. The project explored ideas and practices related to tolerance among precarious populations such as the refugees and migrants from the Tribal Areas of Pakistan now living in urban centres of the country. At the same time, it engaged critically with the political thought of two influential Islamic thinkers, Abul Ala Maududi and Javed Ahmed Ghamidi.
Author of Secularizing Islamists? Jamaat-e-Islami and Tablighi Jamaat in Urban Pakistan, University of Chicago Press (2011)
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