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
Semester Title Code
Spring Semester 2017-18 Food & Culture 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1702
Fall Semester 2017-18 Anthropology of Religions 1701
Spring Semester 2016-17 Directed Research Project 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Gender and Power 1602
Fall Semester 2016-17 Senior Project I 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Qualitative Research Methods 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1601
Fall Semester 2015-16 Senior Project II 1501
Spring Semester 2014-15 Senior Project II 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Senior Project I 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1402
Fall Semester 2014-15 Senior Project I 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Qualitative Research Methods 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Gender and Power 1401
  • Past Courses
    Semester Title Code
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Anthropology of Religions 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Independent Study 1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Senior Project I 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1301
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Senior Project II 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Independent Study 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Food & Culture 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1202
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Senior Project I 1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Gender and Power 1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1201
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Anthropology of Religions 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Senior Project II 1102
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Senior Project I 1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Independent Study 1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1101
    Spring Semester 2010-11 Senior Project I 1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1002
    Fall Semester 2010-11 Independent Study 1001
    Fall Semester 2010-11 Food & Culture 1001
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Senior Project I 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Independent Study 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Independent Study 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Gender and Power 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 902
    Fall Semester 2009-10 Anthropology of Religions 901
    Fall Semester 2009-10 Independent Study 901
    Fall Semester 2009-10 Independent Study 901
    Summer Qtr 2008-09 Senior Project 804
    Summer Qtr 2008-09 Independent Study 804
    Summer Qtr 2008-09 Independent Study 804
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009 Senior Project 803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009 Independent Study 803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009 Independent Study 803
    Winter Qtr 2008-09 Senior Project 802
    Winter Qtr 2008-09 Food & Culture 802
    Winter Qtr 2008-09 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 802
    Autumn Qtr 2008-09 Senior Project 801
    Autumn Qtr 2008-09 Qualitative Research Methods 801
    Autumn Qtr 2008-09 Gender and Power 801
    Autumn Qtr 2008-09 SS Independent Study I 801
    Spring Qtr 2007-08 Social Sciences Senior Project II 703
    Spring Qtr 2007-08 Qualitative Research Methods 703
    Spring Qtr 2007-08 Food & Culture 703
    Spring Qtr 2007-08 Anthropology of Islam 703
    Spring Qtr 2007-08 SS Independent Study I 703
    Spring Qtr 2007-08 Social Sciences Senior Project 703
    Winter Qtr 2007-08 Food & Culture 702
    Autumn Qtr 2007-08 Gender and Power 701
    Spring Qtr 2006-07 Anthropology of Islam 603
    Winter Qtr 2006-07 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 602