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Dr Humeira Iqtidar

Senior Lecturer in Politics & Chair of Graduate Exam Board

IqtidarPostal Address:

Department of Political Economy

King’s College London

Strand Campus

Bush House (North East Wing)

30 Aldwych

London WC2B 4BG

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 7381

Room number: 8.11 Bush House (North East Wing)

Office Hours:

Mondays 11:30-12:30

Thursdays 12:00-13:00  


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. 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. 

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

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. 

Selected Publications


Humeira Iqtidar, Secularising Islamists? Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Pakistan, University of Chicago Press, 2011 (South Asian edition Permanent Black, June 2011; paperback 2013). Shortlisted for the American Academy of Religion: AAR Award for Excellence - Analytical-Descriptive Category

Humeira Iqtidar and David Lehmann eds., Fundamentalisms: Critical Concepts in Religions, Routledge, 2011.(4 volumes).

Humeira Iqtidar and Tanika Sarkar eds. Tolerance, Secularisation and Democratic Politics in South Asia, Cambridge University Press, (forthcoming)

Journal Papers

“How long is Life? Neoliberalism and Islamic Piety” Critical Inquiry, 43:4, Summer 2017

“Redefining ‘Tradition’ in Political Thought” European Journal of Political Theory, October 2016, 15: 424-444

“Conspiracy Theories as Political Imaginary” Political Studies, March 2016, 64(1): 200-215

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:

Humeira Iqtidar ed., 2016 “Introduction: Tolerance in Modern Islamic Thought”, ReOrient, 2:1

Humeira Iqtidar and Tanika Sarkar eds., 2013. “Introduction: Reassessing Secularization in South Asia”, Economic and Political Weekly, XLVIII:50 December

Humeira Iqtidar and David Lehmann, eds. 2012. “Introduction: Secularism and Citizenship Beyond the North Atlantic World”, Citizenship Studies, 16:8

Humeira Iqtidar and David Gilmartin eds. 2011. “Introduction: State Management of Religion In Pakistan”, Modern Asian Studies, 45:3

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 

Al-Jazeera- Head to Head, 30 March 2016

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