I am an Oxford Nizami Ganjavi Centre Scholar in History at Keble College, where my doctoral research focuses on the cross-regional networks of Ismaili daʿwa between Central and South Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Before coming to Oxford, I completed the MSc in Globalised Muslim World at the University of Edinburgh, writing a dissertation on the partition of Badakhshan during the so-called Great Game, paying special attention to Afghan historiography in addition to the more routine British imperial sources.
I undertook the MSc at Edinburgh as part of the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, where I completed an MA in Islamic Studies and Humanities (awarded by SOAS University of London) and wrote a dissertation on the Central Asian Ismaili ritual, the chirāgh-i rawshan ceremony, and how migration has affected experiences of the ritual among Shuhgnani Ismailis living in Canada. I was also once trained as a nurse at The Aga Khan University, Pakistan.
I was born in the Dawlatshahi region of Shughnan, Afghanistan, but grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, where I spent two decades as a refugee before coming to the UK.