Dr Ammara Maqsood

ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow

Ammara Maqsood’s research interests are in the anthropology of the Muslim world, with a particular focus on middle-class culture and religious change in urban Pakistan. As an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow, her research examines discourses on intimacy, romance and marriage amongst Pakistanis, within a wider context of urban religious movements and trends towards individualised piety. The project builds upon her earlier work on the linkages between piety, class politics and contested ideas on modernity in Lahore, Pakistan, the results of which will be published in a forthcoming monograph by Harvard University Press.

Prior to taking this position, Ammara was a postdoctoral Research Associate on the European Research Council funded project ‘Tolerance in Contemporary Muslim Politics’ at King’s College London. Here, her work centred on life-histories of tribal Pashtuns, who have been displaced from their homes in the tribal areas, along the Pak-Afghan border, due to U.S. drone attacks and Pakistani military operations.

Ammara holds a DPhil and MPhil in Social Anthropology from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford.

Selected Publications:

Forthcoming: How to be modern in Pakistan: the middle-class Muslims of Lahore. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Forthcoming: Veiling choices and feminist critiques of the market in Pakistan. In Anna Sofia Elias, Rosalind Gill & Christina Scharff (eds), Aesthetic labour: rethinking beauty politics in neoliberalism. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2014. ‘Buying modern’: Muslim subjectivity, the west and patterns of Islamic consumption in Lahore, Pakistan. Cultural Studies Vol. 28 (1), 184-107.

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