Faculty Profile

Dr. Sadaf Ahmad

Associate Professor

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
Gender and PowerFall Semester 2014-151401
Qualitative Research MethodsFall Semester 2014-151401
Senior Project IFall Semester 2014-151401
Introduction to Cultural AnthropologySpring Semester 2014-151402
Senior Project ISpring Semester 2014-151402
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2014-151402
Senior Project IIFall Semester 2015-161501
Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyFall Semester 2016-171601
Qualitative Research MethodsFall Semester 2016-171601
Senior Project IFall Semester 2016-171601
Gender and PowerSpring Semester 2016-171602
Directed Research ProjectSpring Semester 2016-171602
Anthropology of ReligionsFall Semester 2017-181701
  • Past Courses
    Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyWinter Qtr 2006-07602
    Anthropology of IslamSpring Qtr 2006-07603
    Gender and PowerAutumn Qtr 2007-08701
    Food & CultureWinter Qtr 2007-08702
    Social Sciences Senior ProjectSpring Qtr 2007-08703
    SS Independent Study ISpring Qtr 2007-08703
    Anthropology of IslamSpring Qtr 2007-08703
    Food & CultureSpring Qtr 2007-08703
    Qualitative Research MethodsSpring Qtr 2007-08703
    Social Sciences Senior Project IISpring Qtr 2007-08703
    SS Independent Study IAutumn Qtr 2008-09801
    Gender and PowerAutumn Qtr 2008-09801
    Qualitative Research MethodsAutumn Qtr 2008-09801
    Senior ProjectAutumn Qtr 2008-09801
    Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyWinter Qtr 2008-09802
    Food & CultureWinter Qtr 2008-09802
    Senior ProjectWinter Qtr 2008-09802
    Independent StudySpring Qtr 2008-2009803
    Independent StudySpring Qtr 2008-2009803
    Senior ProjectSpring Qtr 2008-2009803
    Independent StudySummer Qtr 2008-09804
    Independent StudySummer Qtr 2008-09804
    Senior ProjectSummer Qtr 2008-09804
    Independent StudyFall Semester 2009-10901
    Independent StudyFall Semester 2009-10901
    Anthropology of ReligionsFall Semester 2009-10901
    Introduction to Cultural AnthropologySpring Semester 2009-10902
    Gender and PowerSpring Semester 2009-10902
    Independent StudySpring Semester 2009-10902
    Independent StudySpring Semester 2009-10902
    Senior Project ISpring Semester 2009-10902
    Food & CultureFall Semester 2010-111001
    Independent StudyFall Semester 2010-111001
    Introduction to Cultural AnthropologySpring Semester 2010-111002
    Senior Project ISpring Semester 2010-111002
    Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyFall Semester 2011-121101
    Independent StudyFall Semester 2011-121101
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2011-121101
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2011-121102
    Anthropology of ReligionsSpring Semester 2011-121102
    Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyFall Semester 2012-131201
    Gender and PowerFall Semester 2012-131201
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2012-131201
    Introduction to Cultural AnthropologySpring Semester 2012-131202
    Food & CultureSpring Semester 2012-131202
    Independent StudySpring Semester 2012-131202
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2012-131202
    Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyFall Semester 2013-141301
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2013-141301
    Independent StudySpring Semester 2013-141302
    Anthropology of ReligionsSpring Semester 2013-141302