Timeline of Research

My research into the topic of Sikh and Muslim relations has spanned over a decade. This activity has included organizing and conducting fieldwork, data analysis, writing up findings, and presenting my work to a range of different national and international audiences. Below is a timeline of my key contributions and work in the area.

2006-2009: PhD research conducted at the University of Leeds, School of Sociology and Social Policy | Project Title: The persistence of Sikh and Muslim conflict in diasporic context: BrAsian Sikhs

June 2011: Paper given on, ‘Sikh Citizenship in Postcolonial Britain’ Challenging Citizenship, Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES), University of Coimbra, Portugal

Nov 2011: Paper given on, ‘Inter-BrAsian Conflict: Sikhs and Muslims in the UK’ American Academy of Religion, 2011 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA

Dec 2011: Paper given on, ‘Losing my Religion: Sikhs in the UK’ Research Workshop on Sikhism and Public Space, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Feb 2012: Paper given on, ‘Disrupting the colonial gaze: postcolonial movements in Sikh studies’ After Western Hegemony: Social Science and its Publics, 40th World Congress Conference, International Institute of Sociology (ISS), Delhi, India

April 2013: Publication of monograph entitled: Unsettling Sikh and Muslim Conflict: Mistaken Identities, Forced Conversions, and Postcolonial Formations, Lanham: Lexington Books

*Reviewed for Islam21C.com by Asim Qureshi, Feb 2016

*Reviewed in Journal of Contemporary South Asia by Silas Web, Syracuse University, Dec 2015

*Reviewed in Journal of Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations, by Irfan A. Omar, Marquette University, Milwaukee, July 2015

June 2013: Invited to speak on BBC Asian Network: The Nihal Show, Unsettling Sikh and Muslim Conflict, live broadcast

June 2013: Book Launch and Q&A discussing Sikh and Muslim conflict, organised and hosted by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, London (broadcast live on www.ihrc.tv)

Sept 2013- Aug 2015: Hallsworth Research Fellowship awarded by the University of Manchester, School of Social Sciences, to conduct further research on Sikh and Muslim relations.

Project Title: Sikh and Muslim conflict in the global Sikh Diaspora: A comparison of the UK and North America

Jan 2014- April 2014: Visiting Research Scholar, Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), at the University of Irvine, California, USA. During my stay I conducted interviews with members of the Sikh community

Feb 2014: 2014 winner of the ‘recognising the real heroes in the struggle against Islamophobia awards’ Awarded by the Islamic Human Rights Commission for my work on Sikh and Muslim conflict

Sept 2014- Nov 2014: Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) University of Victoria, Canada. During my stay I conducted interviews with members of the Sikh community

Oct 2014: Invitation to give a public lecture for the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, at the University of Victoria, Canada on, ‘Understanding the contours of Sikh and Muslim conflict in Britain and North America’

Nov 2015: Paper given on, ‘Sikh Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim hate’ Countering Anti-Muslim hate, Madinah Society of Manchester Metropolitan University, MMU

July 2017: Paper given on, ‘Moving Beyond the Colonial Divide: Sikh and Muslim Relations’ Decolonising Partition: 70 years on, Consented | Birkbeck, University of London, London

March 2018: Paper given on, ‘The Surveillance of Sikh Bodies in the War on Terror’, TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, Oxford