Faculty Profile

Dr. Sadaf Ahmad

Associate Professor

Department Of Humanities & Social Sciences

Sadaf Ahmad completed her Ph.D in Cultural Anthropology from Syracuse University in the United States in 2006, and has Masters degrees in Gender, Anthropology and Development from Goldsmiths College, the University of London (2001), and in Psychology, from the National Institute of Psychology, Quaid-e-Azam University (2000).

Gender has been a cross cutting theme in her research to date and it has intersected with a variety of domains: religious revivalism, indigenous women’s social movements, gender based violence, and Pakistani cinema. Her current ethnographic research project is on Pakistani policewomen. 

 Her book, Transforming Faith (Syracuse University Press, 2009), is based on her doctoral research and explores how its techniques of expansion and pedagogies of persuasion have allowed Al-Huda, an Islamic school for women established in Islamabad in the early 1990s, to turn into a social movement.  Her edited book Pakistani Women: Multiple Locations and Competing Narratives was published by the Oxford University Press in 2010.

 Sadaf spent a year teaching at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York in 2005-06, and taught courses on Gender and Islam, Women and Fundamentalism, and Introduction to Islam there. She has been teaching at LUMS since 2006 and her courses here include Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Christianity and Islam, Gender and Power, Food and Culture, and Qualitative Research Methods.

    • Book
      • Ahmad, S. .(2010). Pakistani Women: Multiple Locations and Competing Narratives. . Series Title: Oxford in Pakistan Readings in Sociology and Social Anthropology. , Oxford University Press

      • Ahmad, S. .(2009). Transforming Faith: The Story of Al-Huda and Islamic Revivalism Among Urban Pakistani Women . , Syracuse University Press

    • Book Section/chapter
      • Ahmad, S. .(2016). “Constructing a Culture of Fear: The Role of Gender Based Violence in Controlling Bonded Labour in Pakistan." . Bonded Labour in Pakistan, Ali Khan and Ayaz Qureshi (eds.) , Oxford University press

      • Ahmad, S. .(2016). “Morality and Desire? Examining the role of the ‘Westernized’ woman of Pakistani Cinema in the 1970s." . The Postcolonial World. Jyotsna G. Singh and David D. Kim (eds.) , Routledge

      • Ahmad, S. .(2016). “Punctuating Gendered Values: Exploring the Phenomena of Slaps in Commercial Pakistani Films.” . Cinema and Society. Ali Khan and Ali Nobil (Eds). , Oxford University Press

      • Ahmad, S. .(2012). “AASHAs Approach to Institute Sexual Harassment Legislation in Pakistan.” . In New South Asian Feminisms: Paradoxes and Possibilities , Zed Books , pp. 44-65

      • Ahmad, S. .(2010). Of Allah and the Power Point.” . Islam and Society in Pakistan: Anthropological Perspectives. Series Title: Oxford in Pakistan Readings in Sociology and Social Anthropology. , Oxford University Press

    • Journal Articles
      • Ahmad, S. .(2016). “Sexualized Objects and the Embodiment of Honour: Rape in Pakistani Films.” . South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. , Routledge

      • Ahmad, S. .(2013). “Al-Huda and Women’s Religious Authority in Urban Pakistan.” . The Muslim World , Wiley-Blackwell , pp. 363-374

      • Ahmad, S. .(2008). “Identity Matters, Culture Wars: An account of Al-Huda (re)-defining identity and reconfiguring culture in Pakistan.” . Religion and Culture , Routledge , pp. 63-80

      • Ahmad, S. .(2001). "Sexual Harassment: A Case in Pakistan." . Violence Against Women and Children. Review of Women's Studies. , Center for Women's Studies, Univ of the Philippine

      • Ahmad, S. .(2000). “Development of Rape Myths Scale and its Relation with Gender Role Attitudes.” . Pakistan Journal of Psychological Research , , pp. 54-74

      • Ahmad, S. .(2000). "Internship with the Research Centre of the Divine World College of Tagbilaran: A Testimony of Experience." . Graduate School Journal of DWCT , D

    • Report
      • Ahmad, S. .(2011). The AASHA Experience: A Decade of Struggle Against Sexual Harassment in Pakistan. . , Mehergarh Publications

      • Ahmad, S. .(2010). "Leaders of Change: Drawing Lessons from Case Studies of Organizations with Anti-Sexual Harassment Policies." . , Mehergarh Publications and ILO

    • Review
      • Ahmad, S. .(2013). "Politics of Exclusion." . Dissertation Reviews , http://dissertationreviews.org/

      • Ahmad, S. .(2003). "Gender, Politics, and Islam." . Religious Studies Review , Rice University , pp. 205

SemesterTitleCode
Fall Semester 2018-19Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1801
Spring Semester 2017-18Directed Research Project1702
Spring Semester 2017-18Food & Culture1702
Spring Semester 2017-18Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1702
Fall Semester 2017-18Anthropology of Religions1701
Spring Semester 2016-17Directed Research Project1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Gender and Power1602
Fall Semester 2016-17Senior Project I1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Qualitative Research Methods1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1601
Fall Semester 2015-16Senior Project II1501
Spring Semester 2014-15Senior Project II1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Senior Project I1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1402
Fall Semester 2014-15Senior Project I1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Qualitative Research Methods1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Gender and Power1401
  • Past Courses
    SemesterTitleCode
    Spring Semester 2013-14Anthropology of Religions1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Independent Study1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14Senior Project I1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1301
    Spring Semester 2012-13Senior Project II1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Independent Study1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Food & Culture1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1202
    Fall Semester 2012-13Senior Project I1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13Gender and Power1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1201
    Spring Semester 2011-12Anthropology of Religions1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Senior Project II1102
    Fall Semester 2011-12Senior Project I1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12Independent Study1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1101
    Spring Semester 2010-11Senior Project I1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1002
    Fall Semester 2010-11Independent Study1001
    Fall Semester 2010-11Food & Culture1001
    Spring Semester 2009-10Senior Project I902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Independent Study902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Independent Study902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Gender and Power902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Introduction to Cultural Anthropology902
    Fall Semester 2009-10Anthropology of Religions901
    Fall Semester 2009-10Independent Study901
    Fall Semester 2009-10Independent Study901
    Summer Qtr 2008-09Senior Project804
    Summer Qtr 2008-09Independent Study804
    Summer Qtr 2008-09Independent Study804
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009Senior Project803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009Independent Study803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009Independent Study803
    Winter Qtr 2008-09Senior Project802
    Winter Qtr 2008-09Food & Culture802
    Winter Qtr 2008-09Introduction to Cultural Anthropology802
    Autumn Qtr 2008-09Senior Project801
    Autumn Qtr 2008-09Qualitative Research Methods801
    Autumn Qtr 2008-09Gender and Power801
    Autumn Qtr 2008-09SS Independent Study I801
    Spring Qtr 2007-08Social Sciences Senior Project II703
    Spring Qtr 2007-08Qualitative Research Methods703
    Spring Qtr 2007-08Food & Culture703
    Spring Qtr 2007-08Anthropology of Islam703
    Spring Qtr 2007-08SS Independent Study I703
    Spring Qtr 2007-08Social Sciences Senior Project703
    Winter Qtr 2007-08Food & Culture702
    Autumn Qtr 2007-08Gender and Power701
    Spring Qtr 2006-07Anthropology of Islam603
    Winter Qtr 2006-07Introduction to Cultural Anthropology602