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Mr AbdoolKarim Vakil

Mr AbdoolKarim Vakil

Lecturer in Contemporary Portuguese History


Tel + 44 (0)20 7848 1020
Address Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies & Department of History
VWB 5.45
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS


AbdoolKarim Vakil studied his BA in History and Economics at York University before becoming a Lecturer in Portuguese Studies, University of Leeds. From there he went on to become a Lecturer in Contemporary Portuguese History, and Head of Department in the Department of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies at King’s College London. AbdoolKarim has recently also become a Lecturer in the Department of History at King’s College London.

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • Nineteenth and twentieth Century Portuguese Intellectual and Cultural History
  • Nationalism, Identity politics, colonialism, postcolonialism
  • Islam, Muslims, Muslim politics
Historiography, Historical Representations, Heritage policies and politics;
Oliveira Martins and the history of nineteenth century social science;

Nationalist discourses, politics and cultural movements; traditionalism, Integralismo Lusitano Portuguese colonial policy and governance of Muslim communities; contemporary Muslim communities in Portugal and Europe; Islamophobia.

Mr AbdoolKarim Vakil would particularly welcome applications from research students interested in working on topics relating to:

  • Nineteenth and twentieth century Portuguese History, Politics, Culture and Society
  • Portuguese Intellectual History, Historiography and Cultural politics
  • History of Islam and Muslim communities in Europe and the Lusophone world
For more details, please see his full research profile.
Selected Publications
  • S Sayyid, AbdoolKarim Vakil (2011) Thinking Through Islamophobia: Global Perspectives Hurst 
    [Edited book in print]
  • AbdoolKarim Vakil (2004)  'Do Outro ao Diverso. Islão e Muçulmanos em Portugal: história, discursos, identidades' Revista Lusófona de Ciência das Religiões, III (5/6), pp. 283-312.
    [Article in print Journal]
  • AbdoolKarim Vakil (2004)  'Pensar o Islão: Questões Coloniais, Interrogações Pós-Coloniais' Revista Crí­tica de Ciências Sociais, 69, pp. 17-52.
    [Article in print Journal]
  • AboolKarim Vakil (2003) 'Questões Inacabadas: Colonialismo, Islão e Portugalidade', in Fantasmas e Fantasias Imperiais no Imaginário Português Contemporâneo pp. 257-297
  • Jo Labanyi, AbdoolKarim Vakil (2001) Forgetting Africa London: Berghahn Journals 
    [Authored Book in print]
For a complete list of publications, please see AbdoolKarim's full research profile.
Expertise and Public Engagement

Mr AbdoolKarim Vakil is a former Honorary Associate Director of the Institute of Romance Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London and is a joint Editor of the journal Portuguese Studies.


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