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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.

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.