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Dr Humeira Iqtidar joined King's College London in 2011. She has studied at the University of Cambridge, McGill University in Canada and Quaid-e-Azam University in 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. She is a co-convenor of the London Comparative Political Theory Workshop.


Humeira’s research explores the shifting demarcations of state, market and society in political imagination, and their relationship with Islamic thought and practice. He current research focuses on non-liberal conceptions of tolerance. 

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

Grants and Awards

European Research Council: Principal Investigator large grant, “Tolerance in Contemporary Muslim  Practice:Political Theory Beyond the West” €378,000.

The project comprised of two strands of enquiry that come together to suggest a new way of approaching political theory beyond European contexts. It entailed investigating the political thoughts of two key religious public intellectuals, Abul Ala Maududi and Javed Ahmed Ghamidi, on the issue of tolerance at the same time as collecting oral histories and ethnographic interviews from population groups that live in extremely precarious contexts. Both strands explored non-liberal ideas and practices related to peaceful coexistence and tolerance.

Arts and Humanities Research Council Award: With Dr. David Lehmann, (Principal Investigator) to set up an academic network exploring aspects of secularism in a comparative framework focusing on the contexts beyond the North Atlantic world.