State University of New York at Purchase College
Associate Professor of Political Science, Women’s Studies and Literature, 2005 to date
University of Texas at Austin
Visiting Faculty, Department of English/Division of Rhetoric and Composition, 2002-2005
Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad
Professor and Chair of the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics, 1980-2003
Islam and the West; politics, law and gender in Islamic societies; linguistics and musics of South Asia (Pakistan and India); women’s studies; postcolonial English language and literature; creative writing.
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin; M.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.A., University of Leeds (UK)
I am the author of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws: from Islamic Empires to the Taliban (University of Texas Press, 2013) and The Female Voice in Sufi Ritual: Devotional Practices of Pakistan and India, (University of Texas Press, 2002 ;Oxford University Press, 2003). My research is on Islamic law and women’s rituals in Islamic societies. In 1993 UNICEF published my book Qissa Khwan (Storyteller), a collection of short stories for girls. My other publications focus on English Language Teaching in South Asia. I launched the largest graduate teacher-training program in English as a Foreign Language for South Asia, through the Allama Iqbal Open University in Islamabad. I am currently working on a novel set in Kashmir.
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