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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.

      Email Address: tariq.rahman@bnu.edu.pk

    • Mr. Farooq Sulehria
      Assistant Professor

      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.

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

      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

    • 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.

    • Ms. Zainab Fatima Moulvi 

      Zainab Moulvi is a Lecturer at the Department of Liberal Arts where she teaches courses on anthropology, sociology, political ecology and social movements. She has an undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from the Lahore University of Management Sciences and a postgraduate degree in Liberal Studies from Duke University. Her research interests include topics pertaining to socioeconomic and environmental justice in Pakistan, in particular, the politics of access to natural resources. Her previous research includes work on land acquisition, urban land speculation and indigenous fisher communities.

    • Ms. Amna Chaudhary

      Amna Chaudhary is a Lecturer at the Department of Liberal Arts where she teaches courses on political theory, political science, international relations, comparative politics and security studies. She has an undergraduate degree in social sciences (political science and history) from the Lahore University of Management Sciences and a postgraduate degree in security studies and development from the UK. Her research interests include: the securitisation of development aid, deinstitutionalisation and institutional change theory, politics of aid and development.

    Visiting Faculty

    • Mr. Naveed Alam

      MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, USA
      BA in history from Macalester College
      Mr. Naveed Alam is an academician and creative writing mentor who has been teaching creative writing at different platforms, including the City University, New York and at various universities in Lahore. His first collection of poems, A Queen of No Ordinary Realms, won the Spokane Poetry Prize. His works have been published in several literary journals and magazines including the Prairie Schooner, American Poetry Journal, Poetry International, International Poetry Review, Cimmaron Review, and the Canadian Dimension.

    • Ms. Shmyla Khan

      Shmyla Khan works at the Digital Rights Foundation as a project manager working on issues of internet governance and online harassment. She has an LLM from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and BA-LLB from LUMS. She has previously worked as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Pakistan working on issues of human rights, constitutional law and gender.  


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