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Humeira Iqtidar

Senior Lecturer in Politics & Chair of Graduate Exam Board

IqtidarContact Details:
Department of Political Economy
Room S2.24
Strand Building
Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 7381

Office Hours:

Wednesdays 13.00 - 14.00
Fridays 14.00 - 15.00


Dr Humeira Iqtidar joined King's College London in 2011. She has studied at the University of Cambridge (UK), McGill University (Canada) and Quaid-e-Azam University (Pakistan). Before joining King's, Humeira was based at the University of Cambridge as a fellow of King’s College and the Centre of South Asian Studies.

Humeira is a Senior Lecturer in Politics of South Asia and Chair of the Graduate Exam Board. She is also the Principal Investigator for the European Research Council funded project Tolerance in Contemporary Muslim Politics: Political Theory beyond the West and Co-Convenor for the London Comparative Political Theory Workshop.


Humeira’s research is concerned with exploring the contours of social and political theory particularly in the South Asian context. She is interested in the shifting demarcations of state and market in political imagination, and their relationship with Islamic thought and practice. She has carried out ethnographic research with two Islamist parties in Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamaat-ud-Dawa for her previous research project. Currently her research has two key strands. One explores 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. The other engages with the relationship between liberalization and piety in Islamic political thought.  

Humeira's research has featured in interviews and articles in The Guardian, BBC World Service, Voice of AmericaDer SpiegelSocial Science Research Council OnlineThe DawnExpress Tribune and Open Democracy

Selected Publications


Humeira Iqtidar, Secularising Islamists? Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Pakistan, University of Chicago Press, 2011

Humeira Iqtidar and David Lehmann eds., Fundamentalisms: Critical Concepts in Religions, Routledge, 2011.(4 volumes).

Journal Papers

“Conspiracy Theory as Political Imaginary: Blackwater in Pakistan” Political Studies, Online First August 2014

"Secularism and Secularisation: Untying the Knots" Economic and Political Weekly, September 2012 

“Secularism and Dilemmas of Citizenship for the ‘Majority'", Citizenship Studies, 16:8, 2012  

Secularism Beyond the State: The ‘State’ and the ‘Market’ in Islamist Imagination” Modern Asian Studies, 45:3, 2011 [reprinted in Osella, F and C. Osella eds., Islamic Reformism in South Asia, Cambridge University Press, 2012]

Book Chapters 

"Islamism in Pakistan: Islamist Spin-offs and their Contradictory Trajectories” in Asef Bayat ed., Post Islamism: How Political Islam is Changing, Oxford University Press, 2013

“Cosmopolitanism, Religion and Inter-Civilizational Dialogue” in Gerard Delanty ed. Cosmopolitanism, Routledge, 2012

“Colonial Secularism and the Genesis of Islamism in North India” in Gareth Stedman-Jones and Ira Katznelson eds., Religion and the Political Imagination, Cambridge University Press, 2010

“Jama‘at-e-Islami Pakistan: Learning from The Left” in Naveeda Khan ed., Beyond Crisis: Re-evaluating Pakistan, Routledge, 2010

“Muslim Cosmopolitanism: Contemporary Practice and Social Theory” in Bryan Turner ed., Handbook of Globalization, Taylor & Francis, 2009

Selected Media and General Audience Articles 

“Caught between drones and army raids, Pakistanis in ‘Tribal Areas’”, The Conversation, 17 November 2014

"Moving Beyond the Cliché”, Herald, 28 December, 2013

“Burning Joseph Colony”, The Express Tribune, 13 September 2013 

The difference between secularism and secularisation”, The Guardian, 29 June 2011 

“Punjab” in Vijay Prashad, Madiha Tahir and Qalandar Memon eds. Dispatches from Pakistan, New Press, New York, 2012

“Why do natural disasters impact some areas more than others? Structural Impoverishment and the Floods in Pakistan”, The American Social Science Research Council, 15 September 2010 

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