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I am an interdisciplinary scholar working on violence, body, hope, piety and ideas of history. My research follows militancy, religiosity and poetics of body through approaches of material religion, poststructuralist/postcolonial thinking and speculative realism. The Middle East and the transnational Shia network at large are my research areas. My research interests begin with the mundane affairs of everyday life and end up in the weirdest and lesser-explored corners of existence. So be aware of the madness before coming closer.

I have been educated and worked internationally. Undergraduates in Iran, postgraduate and my first PhD (2016, passed without revision) in India. I was trained by prominent subaltern feminist sociologist late Sharmila Rege as well as critical thinkers such as Professor Deepak Mehta then I did a second PhD (2020, Cum Laude) in Cultural Anthropology in the Netherlands to prove my worth to the "white academia". 

You can watch my work on violence here

I designed and organize the Summer School in 'Ethnographic/scientific storytelling'. You can find more information about it here https://handsonanthropology.org/ and Stories from Amsterdam.


  1. I take part in the editorial team of the Journal of Politics, Religion and Ideology 
  2. the board for Amsterdam Young Academy
  3. the board and convenor of Migration & Diversity Research Center



At the moment I teach at VU & AUC


  •  Ethnographic/scientific storytelling (Summer School)
  • Migration, Integration & Diversity @Amsterdam University College
  • Inequality and Poverty @ Amsterdam University College
  • Global Politics @  Amsterdam University College

I am currently supervising these PhD candidates:

  • Bahoz Aras (final title) The origin of post-authoritarian Federalism: Iraq 1992-2003
  • Caroline van Slobbe on Imaginaries of Water
  • Nazar Abdulazeez on Kurdish-Syrian Asylum Seekers & belonging in Iraqi Kurdistan
  • Nebil Kusmallah on Narratives of Displacement: Exploring the lives and aspirations Unaccompanied Eritrean refugees minors in NL
  • Ola Plonska on Searching for the New Masculinity in NL

Prizes and Awards

  • Nomination for Teacher Talent Prize 2016-2017, FSW, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Nomination for Teacher Talent Prize 2017-2018, FSW, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Peter Baehr Prize for Best Research proposal 2017
  • Vrije Universiteit Research Fellowship 
  •  Humboldt University fellowship
  • Vrije Universiteit, FSW, Best doctoral dissertation award
  • Niels Stensen University Fellowship @ Aarhus University 

Ancillary activities

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Ancillary activities are updated daily


  • Einstein Foundation Berlin, Reserach Grant 
  • Gerda Henkel Foundation, Research Grant



Academic qualification

Cultural Anthropology, PhD, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Award Date: 25 May 2020

Sociology, PhD, Delhi School of Economics

Award Date: 8 Apr 2016


  • H Social Sciences
  • conflict ethnography
  • cultural anthropology
  • Embodiment theory
  • memory studies
  • subjectivity
  • sexuality
  • storytelling
  • Islam
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Afghanistan
  • Millitancy
  • radicalization
  • Political Violence
  • Material Culture
  • Gender and Religion
  • biodiversity
  • sustainability
  • water
  • Poetics
  • Politics of Memory
  • social movements
  • violence
  • collective violence
  • Ethnography
  • space
  • war
  • cultural mobility
  • nature culture divide
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Tajikistan
  • Plants
  • Safran
  • Land care
  • post conflict societies
  • propoganda
  • paramilitary
  • visual anthropology
  • photography


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