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  • Dean, Seeta Majeed School of Liberal Arts and Social Science
    Dr. Tariq Rahman

    Tariq Rahman got his first doctorate in English literature from the University of Sheffield in 1985. Subsequently he got interested in language politics in Pakistan and took the degree of linguistics from the University of Strathclyde in 1989. After this he wrote the books which have made him an authority on the linguistic history of the Muslims of South Asia namely Language and Politics in Pakistan (1996); Language, Ideology and Power: language-learning among the Muslims of Pakistan and North India (2002) and From Hindi to Urdu: a Social and Political History (2011).

    Besides these and other books he has published about a 100 articles in scholarly journals contributed entries to encyclopedias and chapters to edited books. On examination of his published work the University of Sheffield conferred a higher doctorate (D.Litt) on him in 2014. He was the first Pakistani to be honoured by one of Germany’s highest awards for academic research called the Humboldt Research Award. The National Institute of Pakistan Studies at The Quaid-i-Azam University, where he served most of his life and of which he was director (2007-2011), made him a professor emeritus in 2010 and the Higher Education Commission (Islamabad) conferred upon him the title of Distinguished National Professor in 2004 and also gave him the lifetime achievement award in 2009.

    The President of Pakistan conferred upon him the Pride of Performance in 2004 and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2013. He was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin (1995-96) and the first incumbent of the Pakistan Chair at the University of California, Berkeley (2004-05). He was also a research fellow at the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies (2010) and a fellow at the University of Heidelberg several times from 2010 till 2012. He has been a visiting professor in Denmark and Spain and has lectured or read out papers in conferences in Korea, Nepal, China, the USA, Singapore, Thailand, India, Denmark, France, Germany, the UK, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Switzerland. He is presently working as Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Acting Dean, School of Education, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.

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  • Faculty - Department of Liberal Arts

    Permanent Faculty

    • Prof. Dr. Tahir Kamran
      Head of Department of Liberal Arts

      Dr. Tahir has been associated with BNU since January 2019. He has a PhD in History from the University of Punjab and has taught and served at key academic positions nationally and internationally at renowned Universities. He has been honored with multiple prestigious fellowships including Fellowship at the Wolfson College and the Allama Iqbal Professorial Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, UK.

      Dr. Tahir areas of research interest are governance, democracy and religious politics particularly in the regions of Pakistan and South Asia. He has authored several books with a number of research publications, encyclopedic contributions and edited volumes to his credit. Out of the recent notable works, he recently co-authored a book on Lahore: A Portrait of a Colonial City (Hurst & Co.) and co-edited Deobandi Militancy and Faith Based Violence in Pakistan (Palgrave). He has also been serving as an editor for several academic journals and is a founding member and editor for the Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies by Indiana University Press, USA.

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    • Dr. Mustafa Izzudin
      Director for International Relations Studies

      Dr. Mustafa has an MSc. and a PhD in international Relations from London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a policy consultant having interest and expertise in international affairs of South Asia and Southeast Asian region. He is a published author and a member of the advisory editorial boards of high impact factor journals and is frequently quoted by regional and international media houses outlets. Dr. Mustafa has served as a faculty member at the National University of Singapore. He was also a Fullbright Fellow at Georgetown University, USA and has also served academic terms at Universities in Malaysia, Indonesia and India.

      Email Address: mustafa.izzuddin@bnu.edu.pk

    • Dr. Farooq Sulehria
      Assistant Professor

      Dr. Farooq Sulehria has a PhD in Development Studies (SOAS) and MA degrees in Global Media and Post-National Communication (SOAS) and Mass Communication (University of Punjab). Before joining BNU in 2018, he worked as a Senior Teaching Fellow and a Teaching Fellow, for three years, at SOAS University of London. He was also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of East London.

      In the past, he has worked as a journalist with mainstream dailies such as The News (Rawalpindi), The Nation (Lahore), The Frontier Post (Lahore) and Daily Mashriq (Karachi). Since 2005, he has been contributing an op-ed column to The News.

      For over five years (2010-2015), he also co-edited Viewpoint, a weekly e-zine. He has also contributed to Znet, teleSUR-English, TRT besides such mainstream Swedish dailies as Aftonbladet and Svenska Dagbladet.

      Besides contributing to national and international media outlets, he has authored and translated over a dozen books on politics and religion, both in Urdu and English.

      Academic Publications:

      • (2018) Media Imperialism in India and Pakistan. New York: Routledge 
      • Leplat, F and Sulehria, F (2019) Fundamentalism in South Asia. Amsterdam: International Institute for Research and Education. Forthcoming
      Research Papers
      • (2018) Washington Post Scribe Orientalises Afghanistan.  Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. 
      • (2017) Afghan Women: Beyond Binaries. (co-authored with Sahar Saba). South Asian Survey. Vol 24, Issue 1, pp 20-36.
      • (2017) ‘Globalisation of Media Marginalising Workers: The Case of India and Pakistan’. Marxism 21. Vol 14, No 1 (Spring), pp 335-365.
      • (2016) ‘DD and PTV as Victims of Globalisation’. Asian Journal of Communication. Vol 27, Issue 1, pp 97/112.
      • (2009) ‘Pakistan, protest and rebellion’. In Ness, I (ed) International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest. Wiley-Blackwell.
      • (2007) ‘Den islamiska fundamentalismens rötter’ (Roots of Islamic Fundamentalism). Tidsignal. No 7. 2007.
      Book Chapters:
      • (2019) ‘From Overdeveloped State to Praetorian Pakistan: Tracing the Media's Transformation’. In Zaidi, A and McCartney, M (eds)  New Perspectives on Pakistan’s Political Economy: State, Class and Social Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming.
      • (2019) ‘India as Soft Power’. In Ranjan, A (eds) India in South Asia: Challenges and Management. Singapore: Springer. 
      • (2018) “Kashmir as Partition’s ‘Unfinished Agenda’”. In Ranjan, A (ed) Partition of India: Postcolonial Legacies. New Delhi: Routledge India, pp 193-208.


      • Cannon, J P (2004) Socialism Ka Muqadima. An Urdu translation of Cannon, J P (1999) Socialism on Trial. Sydney: Resistance Books
      • Ali, T (2005) Bunyadparation ka Tasadum. Lahore: Jeddojuhad Publications. An Urdu translation of Ali, T (2003) Clash of Fundamentalisms. London: Verso
      • Ali, T (2006) Bush Babul Mai’N. Lahore: Jeddojuhad Publications. An Urdu translation of 
      • Ali, T (2006) Bush in Babylon. London: Verso 
      • Ali, T (2008) Purzay Hoay Paima’Nkitnay. Lahore: Good Books. An Urdu translation of Ali, T (2010) The Duel. London: Verso
      • Socialism say mukalma [A Dailogue With Socialism] (2000). Struggle publications: Lahore
      • Rise of Political Islam (2004). Struggle publications. Lahore
      • Gard-e-Safar (2010). Goodbooks: Lahore
      • A Letter to Osama (2010). Struggle Publications: Lahore
      • Manto az alam-e- Bala [Manto from Heavens] (2010). Goodbooks: Lahore


      Email Address: farooq.sulehria@bnu.edu.pk

    • Dr. Kamran Bashir
      Assistant Professor

      • 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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      Email Address: kamran.bashir@bnu.edu.pk

    • Ms. Tania Faraz
      Assistant Professor

      Tania Faraz is a permanent faculty member in the Department of Liberal Arts. She has an M.phil in English Literature. 
      She has been teaching Literature, Language and Communication courses for the last fifteen years. 
      In the past, she has taught at Kinnaird College for Women Lahore and National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) as an Assistant Professor. 
      Her areas of interest include Comparative Literature, and she believes in liberating and educating minds through Literature.

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      Email Address: tania.faraz@bnu.edu.pk


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