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Field Project and Field Trips

Field Project

In the summer of their second year, GPISH students undertake a field project. This component of the programme offers them direct experience of the lived context of the theories they are exposed to during the Graduate Programme. Students are encouraged to make connections between historical and contemporary issues during this time and to understand the social context of knowledge.

Aleem Karmali in Kampala, Uganda where he did his field project.
The project gives students an opportunity to produce an original piece of research. It is designed to encourage students to formulate and conduct a research project of their own, which can serve as a basis for continued post-graduate study or career development. It is, therefore, an integral part of the Graduate Programme.
Given the short period of time available to conduct research, the field project will often, although not necessarily, take the form of a case study. The disciplinary framework and methodology are open to discussion with the staff of the Department of Graduate Studies. Each student is assigned a Research Supervisor to assist them with the field project.
In the past, students have chosen to examine a wide spectrum of themes according to personal interest, including identity, religious authority, resettlement and aesthetics in places as far-flung as Sidhpur in Gujarat, the Darb al-Ahmar district in Cairo, and Khorog in Tajikistan.
Zarangez Karimova in Egypt where she did her field project
For example, Aleem Karmali, who was a filmmaker prior to joining the Graduate Programme, elected to explore via a video report what the motivating factors were for Ismaili Muslim refugees who returned to Kampala. Another student, Aliyor Marodaseynov, chose as his focus the impact of Mini Hydropower Stations in Tajikistan, while Munira Shoinbekova looked at the process of resettlement of the Afghan Ismaili community in Canada during the 1990s.
A full list of the work produced this summer by the latest cohort of students can be found below.
Field Trips

The Graduate Programme enables students to have a direct encounter with the societies being studied through field trips. First-year students visit Cairo, Egypt, and second-year students visit Andalusia, Spain.
GPISH Students in Cairo, Egypt
Al-Azhar Park, Cairo, Egypt
STEP Students in Egypt
Night view from Al-Azhar Park over Cairo
Also see:

 News Story: IIS Graduate Students Visit Al-Andalus.
 Photo Gallery: GPISH and STEP Field Trip to Historical Sites in Spain

List of Field Projects, GPISH 2011





Aliyor Marodaseynov

Impact of Mini Hydro Power Stations (MHPS) in Tajikistan


Gurdofarid Miskinzoda

Amin Tejani

The perceptions of Eng Hwee Chu’s paintings in Malaysian society


Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad

Amira Chilvers

STEPping out-Tajik teachers take the field


Farouk Mitha

Imran Shams

Bitan: Shamanistic tradition within Ismailis of Hunza


Gurdofarid Miskinzoda

Karim Mitha

Perceptions of Mental Health in South Asian Muslim Youth


Sharmina Mawani

Laila Naz Taj

The perception of people of Garam Chashma about the shrine of Pir Nasir Khusraw in Chitral, Pakistan


Gurdofarid Miskinzoda

Nasreen Hussaini

Journey: Challenges and Adjustments in Settlement Process of Indian Ismailis Immigrants in Australia


Marodsilton Mubarakshoeva

Rozina Kanchwala

Community response to development intervention in Djenne district, Mali


Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad

Sahir Dewji

Ismaili identity in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

Sharmina Mawani

Shadi Al Sharani

The current Syrian Examination System: The Way Forward? How do teachers perceive the impact of the current Syrian Examination System on learning outcomes?


Marodsilton Mubarakshoeva

Shamsiya Chamanova

NGOs and health provision for labor migrants: The case of Ismaili Doctors’ Initiatives in Moscow


Marodsilton Mubarakshoeva

Sher Baz Khan Ramal

Ismaili ritual practice in Karachi


Laila Halani

Wisam Elhamoui

The role of religion in urban organization of spontaneous neighbourhoods in Tehran


Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad

Zahra Sheriff

Ismaili youth identity: A case of Karachi


Sharmina Mawani


The Institute of Ismaili Studies - Field Project and Field Trips
Last updated: 03/06/2011 10:12