PhD, York University, 2007
MA, University of Alberta, 1998
BA, Queen’s University (Kingston), 1996
During 2013, I was a visiting professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). In 2008, I was a visiting fellow at the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) in Leiden.
Currently, I am focusing on the interpretive methods employed in the study of the Quran by two Pakistani-American scholars, (late) Fazlur Rahman and Javed Ghamidi.
I am also a Co-Investigator on a SSHRC funded project (Jason Neelis, PI; 2021-26) for the digital preservation and promotion of Buddhist Gandaran epigraphic (inscriptions) and petroglyphic (rock art) complexes in the Upper Indus region of Pakistan.
In 2017-8, I was elected to Laurier's Task Force on Freedom of Expression to help craft Laurier's statement on freedom of expression. In 2023, I was invited as an expert by the Waterloo Public Library to review a book that a patron challenged on the grounds of Islamophobia.
I am currently supervising 3 doctoral students, participating on 6 doctoral supervisory committees and regularly serve as reader or supervisor of master's students.
Although I am not taking on any more doctoral supervisions or committee roles while I'm chair of Global Studies (2022-25), I happily supervise graduate students in my research areas.
Fall 2023: Religions and Cultures in Global Context (RE693, required MA course)
Winter 2024: Being Human: Cultural Analysis in a Global Age (GS220, culture concentration course)
Office location: DAWB 5-120A (Dr. Alvin Woods Building, Waterloo Campus)
Fall Term 2023: Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm or by appointment
Winter Term 2024: Thursday 3:30-4:30pm or by appointment
To set up an appointment, please email me or visit the Global Studies main office.
Languages spoken: Urdu/Hindi