Lecturer in Politics
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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 London she was based at the University of Cambridge as a fellow of King’s College and the Centre of South Asian Studies.
Humeira is a Lecturer in Politics of South Asia and Director of Undergraduate Programme - BA/BSc in the Politics of International Economy.
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, society and economy, secularism and secularization. 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 within the Pakistani context. The other engages with the relationship between liberalization and piety in both UK and Pakistan.
Dr. Iqtidar's research has featured in interviews and articles in The Guardian, BBC World Service, Voice of America, Der Spiegel, Social Science Research Council online, The Dawn, Express Tribune and Open Democracy.
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 Special Issue and Forum
Humeira Iqtidar and David Lehmann, eds., Special Issue on “Secularism and Citizenship in the Non-European World”, Citizenship Studies, 2012
Humeira Iqtidar and David Gilmartin eds., Journal Forum on “Secularism and the State In Pakistan”, Modern Asian Studies, 45:3, 2011.
"Secularism and Secularisation: Untying the Knots" Special Article EPW, September 2012
“Secularism and Dilemmas of Citizenship for the ‘Majority’” Citizenship Studies, 16:8, 2012
“Introduction: Secularism and Citizenship in the World Beyond North Atlantic” Citizenship Studies 16:8, 2012 (with David Lehmann)
“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]
“Introduction: State Management of Religion in Pakistan”, Modern Asian Studies, 45:3, 2011 (with David Gilmartin)
“Collatoral Damage from the Afghanistan War: Jamaat ud Dawa and Lashkar-e-Tayyaba Militancy” Middle East Report 251, Summer 2009.
“Terrorism and Islamism: Differences, Dynamics and Dilemmas” in special issue on ‘Terrorism, Security and Business’, Global Business and Economic Review, 10/2, 2008.
“The Fracturing of Pakistan” ISIM Review 21/Spring, 2008 (with Kamran Asdar Ali)
“Post-Islamism in Pakistan: Islamist Spin-offs and their Contradictory Trajectories” in Asef Bayat ed., Post Islamism: How Political Islam is Changing, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2012
“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.
“The Politics of Poverty and Poverty Reduction in Pakistan” in Hasnat, Syed Farooq ed., Unresolved Issues in Pakistani Politics, Vanguard Publishers, Pakistan, 2007.
“‘Dialogue Of Civilizations’ and Jama‘at-e-Islami Pakistan: Limitations and Opportunities,” Alliance of Civilizations, United Nations, July 2006.
Selected Media and General Audience Articles
--“The difference between secularism and secularisation”, Guardian 29 June 2011
--“Punjab” in Vijay Prashad and Qalandar Memon eds. Dispatches from Pakistan, New Press, New York, forthcoming 2011
--“Why do natural disasters impact some areas more than others? Structural Impoverishment and the Floods in Pakistan” The American Social Science Research Council http://itemsandissues.ssrc.org 15 September 2010
--“Who are the Taliban in Swat?” www.opendemocracy.net 30 April, 2009