- PhD, Department of History, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Dr Kamran Bashir holds a doctorate degree in history from the University of Victoria (UVic), Canada. He closely worked with Professor Andrew Rippin on the history of early Islam at UVic and with Professor Derryl Maclean on modern South Asian Islam at Simon Fraser University. Before joining BNU, Dr Bashir has taught in the Department of History and Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Victoria. He has also taught in the Department of Humanities at Camosun College, British Columbia, Canada.
As a historian of religion, Dr Bashir researches on Islam in modern South Asia and the larger Muslim world. His doctoral research was focused on historicizing the emergence of religious texts like modern Qur’an commentaries (and the underlying hermeneutics) within the context of British India. His research and teaching interests encompass the history of early Islam, Qur’anic studies, and the larger world history, including history of ideas. In particular, he is interested in the question of change and continuity in Muslim intellectual tradition and larger human history.
Dr Bashir has published (in the areas of Islamic history, hermeneutics, and anthropology) with the Journal of Qur’anic Studies (Edinburgh University Press), Der Islam (De Gruyter), Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture (Taylor & Francis), ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies (Pluto Press), and Religious Studies and Theology (Equinox). On the question of global transitions in world religions, he has also contributed a chapter in Religious Imaginations and Global Transitions: How Narratives of Faith are Shaping Today’s World, edited by James Walters (London: The Gingko Library, 2018).
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