I study Muslim intellectual and cultural history, with a special focus on Modern South Asia. Broadly, I am interested in the generation of individual and collective meaning in a (post-)colonial/(post-)modern world. My earlier work sought to situate pre-partition debates between Deobandi Ulama on the question of Pakistan within the domain of Indian political thought. In my PhD, I plan to explore the relationship(s) between devotionalism, emerging Muslim masculinities, and the discourse of “Muslim Nationalism” in colonial India.
Before coming to Princeton, I was a Vicky Noon Scholar at the University of Oxford, reading for an MSc in Modern South Asian Studies at Linacre College. Earlier, I earned my bachelor’s degree in social sciences and liberal arts from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi. I am passionate about Urdu poetry, home-cooked food, and Continental philosophy.