The presentations, on 22 and 26 November, were made in person at the AKC, after going online during the pandemic.

Students on the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH) conceptualise, design and conduct research on a range of interesting topics in locations around the world during the summer of their second year. It is now an annual tradition for students to share their dissertation findings through presentations made to fellow students, faculty and staff of the Institute.

This year the event returned to the Aga Khan Centre, after being conducted online in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The occasion was an opportunity for the IIS community to show its encouragement and appreciation of the hard work that the students have put in, as well as providing helpful feedback on the shape and scope of their projects.

Topics covered exemplified the broad academic scope of the GPISH programme and included women’s rights, identity, refugees, development, digital issues, diversity and pluralism. The list of project titles can be found below.

Dr Laila Halani, Head of the IIS Department of Graduate Studies, said of the students’ work: “This field research is the culmination of two years of intensive immersion in various facets, historical and contemporary, of Muslim societies. The rich and diverse topics are testimony to a deep commitment to understanding and exploring issues of contemporary relevance for Muslim societies and I hope that the insights and perspectives gained will inform their future engagements with their own communities and beyond”.

Congratulations to all students on their compelling, thoughtful presentations. 


Project Title

Fariah Bakhsh

Diversity, pluralism and inclusion: the perceived impact of global encounters, a case study of GE India 2019

Anum Ameen Hossain

How Pamiri Youth Express Resilience While Dealing with Hardships

Anika-Amin Kabani

An exploration of the securitisation of refugees in Pakistan seeking resettlement in the US

Dilrabo Khujanazar

Women’s Mobility Rights and Patriarchy: Contemporary Issues in Tajik Sunni Women’s Context. A Case-Study of Tajik Sunni Female Migrants in Turkey

Ayso Milikbekov

Phenomenology of Maddô in Tajikistan: The lived experience of Maddô of the Ismaili youth in Dushanbe 

Sumair Nizamuddin

Feminist activism through internet: The Case study of Side Entrance and #MosqueMeToo

Shaba-Shabbir Parpia

What is the role of digital platforms in fostering a sense of community and influencing community perception and faith expression in religious communities? A case study of the.Ismaili


Exploring the formation of identity among the Wakhi migrants of Gojal (Hunza): a case of the Wakhi community in New York City

Nabila Walji

Memory, Race and Urban Identity: Ismailia Hotel’s Contributions to Nairobi, Kenya