Ms. Zehra Lalji
Website Research Officer


Zehra Lalji  is responsible for research and production of academic resources on the IIS Website. The academic resources range from articles and readings lists to videos and interactive educational projects.  

Zehra has over ten years of experience of working in educational research and strategic planning and development, in Pakistan, Portugal and the UK. She has served the Aga Khaninfo-icon Education Services (AKES), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Wall Street Institute (WSI) and English Heritage (EH) in various teaching, research and project management capacities.  

Prior to joining the Institute, Zehra completed an internship at the Strategy Department of English Heritage, UK, where she focussed on stakeholder management to assist with the creation of conservation policies and projects pertaining the heritage of Muslim and Monastic communities of England. 

At the Institute, she has contributed towards creating a database of the heritage sites of Shi‘i and Ismaili communities at the Library. At the website, she is working on creative adaptions of the Institute’s published research in collaboration with internal and external partners, both professionals and volunteers. Current projects include an interactive map of Nasir’s Khusraw’s travels, 3D renditions of the Fatimid Cairo, web-documentary on the Ismaili tradition of Ginans and representations of historic and contemporary Shi‘i traditions on the IIS website.   

Zehra is a Graduate of the Institute’s GPISH Programme (class of 2009). She holds an MSc in Sustainable Heritage from University College London (2009) and A BA in Education, Philosophy and Sociology from University of Karachi, Pakistan (1997).  Her research interests include the study and creative adaptations of the material and intellectual heritage of Muslim civilisations.