Dr Tariq Rahman

Dr Tariq Rahman

Dean, School of Social Sciences BNU

Dr. Tariq Rahman got his first doctorate (Ph.D) in English literature. Subsequently, he switched to linguistics taking an M.Litt in the subject. However, his major research publications are in language politics, linguistic history , educational linguistics and sociolinguistics relating to South Asia in general and Pakistan in particular. That is why he describes himself as a South Asianist and a historian of language with focus on the Muslims of Pakistan and north India.

Mr Arif Hassan

Mr Arif Hassan

Urban Planner, Social Researcher and a Writer

Arif Hasan is a Pakistani architect and planner, activist, teacher, social researcher and writer. He studied architecture at the Oxford Polytechnic, worked in Europe in architect’s offices, and on his return to Karachi in 1968, established an independent practice which slowly evolved into dealing with national and international urban planning and development issues. He has taught at Pakistani and European universities and lectured widely both in the North and the South.

Prof Sarah Ansari

Prof Sarah Ansari

Reader, Department of History, Royal Holloway

Professor Sarah Ansari’s main research interests focus on the recent history of South Asia, in particular those parts of the subcontinent that became Pakistan in 1947.  Between 2007-2010 I was co-investigator on an AHRC-funded collaborative research project entitled ‘From Subjects to Citizens:  Society and the Everyday State in India and Pakistan, 1947-1964’

DR MATTHEW NELSON

DR MATTHEW NELSON

Reader, Department of Politics, SOAS

Dr Matthew Nelson (PhD, Columbia) has been teaching at SOAS since 2006, focusing on non-elite politics, constitutional politics, the politics of Islamic institutions, and democracy—particularly in Pakistan. He has held appointments in New Haven (Yale), Princeton (IAS), Washington (Woodrow Wilson), and Germany (ZiF).  He has also served on the board of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, the Association for Asian Studies (South Asia Council), and the American Political Science Association (Religion and Politics).