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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:

Wednesday: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Friday: 2:00 - 3:00pm


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 and Chair of the Graduate Exam Board. She was the Principal Investigator for the European Research Council funded project Tolerance in Contemporary Muslim Politics: Political Theory beyond the West and is a co-convenor for the London Comparative Political Theory Workshop.


Humeira’s research explores 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 the ideas and practices related to tolerance through a focus on the political thought of two influential modern Muslim thinkers, Maududi and Ghamidi. This is complemented by oral histories of precarious populations such as the refugees and migrants from the Tribal Areas of Pakistan to allow a glimpse into vernacular conceptualizations. Her second project engages with the relationship between liberalization and piety in Islamic political thought. 

Keywords: Islamic political thought; Comparative political theory: Post-colonial theory; De-colonial thought; South Asian 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

'How long is life? Neoliberalism and Islamic Piety' Critical Inquiry, Forthcoming

'Redefining ‘Tradition’ in Political Thought' European Journal of Political Theory, Online first September 2016

Conspiracy Theory as Political Imaginary: Blackwater in PakistanPolitical Studies, Online First August 2014

Secularism and Secularisation: Untying the KnotsEconomic 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 ImaginationModern Asian Studies, 45:3, 2011 (reprinted in Osella, F and C. Osella eds., Islamic Reformism in South Asia, Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Special Issues Edited:

Tolerance in Islamic Thought, ReOrient, Forthcoming

Reassessing Secularism and Secularisation in South Asia [with Tanika Sarkar] Economic and Political Weekly, 2013

Secularism and Citizenship Beyond the North Atlantic World [with David Lehmann] Citizenship Studies, 2012

Secularism and the State in Pakistan [with David Gilmartin], Modern Asian Studies, 2011

Book Chapters 

'Searching for 'Tolerance' in Islamic Thought' in Leigh Jenco, Murad Idris and Megan Thomas eds. Handbook of Comparative Political Theory, Oxford University Press, forthcoming. 

'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

The strange history of secularism twists debate about British Muslim attitudes, The Conversation, 14 April 2016

'War weary Pakistan’s internal divides', Current History, 1 April 2015

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', Items (a digital platform), The American Social Science Research Council, 15 September 2010 

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