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SOAS South Asia Institute

Current MPhil and PhD students pursuing projects on South Asia

Sameen Ali
Sameen Ali

Politicians and Bureaucrats in Pakistan - A Special Relationship: Power and Patronage in Comparative Perspective (Working Title)

Jon Archer
Jon Archer

Information Structure in Muwé-ke, Nepal



Sandhya Balasubrahmanyam
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Driving growth in post Liberalization India – the role of the state.

Hannah Bartos
Hannah Bartos (née Jenkin)

Organizing Transnational Yoga in the UK & India: Institutionalization, Globalization & Complexity.


Priyanka Basu
Priyanka Basu

‘Cockfight in Tune: Reading Nations, Communities and Performance in the “Bengali” Kobigaan’

Adam Benkato
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The Manichaean-Sogdian Parable Book. Text Edition and Literary Analysis.


Eva Bentcheva
Eva Bentcheva

Escaping the Na(rra)tive: Influences and framing of Asian iconography in performance art in Britain, 1960-90.

Julian Brown
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The Art of Ancient Champa: a twentieth century creation


Saleema F. Burney
Saleema Burney

Belief and Benevolence: A Case Study of Muslim Women Activists in London

Graham Burns
Graham Burns

Neti neti - the Search for the Ultimate Principle in the Vedic Upanisads


Georgie Carroll
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How are water and aquatic fauna fetishised in Sanskrit courtly literature, and to what extent does this erotic language politicise 'love' and 'the body' and reinforce sacred kingship?

Johann Chacko
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Redefining Pakistan: Mapping Deobandi institutional responses to nationalism and the nation-state from Zia to Musharraf.


Biswajit Chanda
Bizwat Chanda

Family Law Reform in Bangladesh: The Need for a Culture-Specific Legal System

Charusmita
Charu Charusmita

Exploring Hindi cinema as a tool for fostering pro-social dialogue in rural India.


Angad Chowdhry
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Representations of sexuality, consumerism and crime as objects of fear in the Indian mass media

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Jacqueline Daukes
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Women in the Varkari Sampradaya


Jean-Philippe Dequen
Jean-Philippe deQuen

Inherent conflict within Muslim succession personal law in India

Tara Desjardins
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Studies on Mughal Glass.


Brendan Donegan
Brendan Donegan

Spaces for negotiation and mass action: an anthropological study of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (People’s Health Movement), the National Rural Health Mission and the right to health movement in India

Jamila Dorner
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Enskilment in a South Indian classical dance form Knowledge transmission and improvisation skills in Bharatanatyam


Ahmet Riza Emiroglu
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The Exploration of the Idea of Emanation through the Comparison between the Islamic and Indian Philosophies with Special Reference to Ibn Sīnā and Abhinavagupta.

Federico Filippi
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The Ontological Positions of the Buddha in the discourses of the Pali Nikayas.


Francesca Fuoli
Francesca Fuoli

Changing state-society relations in late nineteenth century Afghanistan: state-building and group identities reconsidered through the categories of British colonial knowledge


Timothy Green
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Issues of Identity for First-Generation Christians in Pakistan

Ambra Guarnieri
Ambra Guarnieri

The native informant: the (im)possible perspective in postcolonial travel narratives


Eleanor Halsall
Eleanor Halsall

The Indo-German beginnings of Bombay Talkies, 1925-1939


Zebunnisa Hamid
Zebunnisa Hamid

Imaginaries and Industries of New Emerging Pakistani Cinema and Television

Mohammad Jahirul Hoque
Mohammad Hoque

Cultural, Political and Economic Mechanisms in the Concurrent Processes of Environmental Degradation and Decline of Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh (working title)


Sarajuddin Isar
Isar Sarajuddin

Taxation and state-building in Afghanistan, a political economy framework

Maddalena Italia
Maddalena Italia

The erotic untranslatable: the modern reception of Sanskrit love poetry in the West and in India



Neha Kagal
Neha Kagal

Broadly my thesis is looking at the impact of unionization of informal sector women workers in India on bargaining relations within the home, with a specific focus on masculinity.

Taha Kazi
Taha Kazi

Pious Entertainment – Changing Forms and Notions of Piety in Pakistan


Hanns Bjoern Kendel
Hanns Bjoern Kendel

The role of procedure in shaping outcomes - Anti-terrorism trials under Indian Law.

Adeeba Khan
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Democracy in the context of clientelism: the role of electoral laws in Bangladesh


Preeti Khosla
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A Study of the Visual Language of the Indigenous Styles of Book Painting in North India during the Sultanate period (1414-1525 AD).


Heewon Kim
Kim Heewon

The UPA, Communalism and Post-Conflict Responses (2004-2009).

Amit Kisku
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State, Forest and People: The Changing Relationship and its Impact on the Modern Forests of India


Sujith Koonan
Sujith Koonan

The Right to Sanitation in India: A Multi-faceted Right in Search of a Comprehensive Framework

Malgorzata Kruszewska
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Sarasvati – Indian goddess of articulation. A textual and fieldwork study.


Priya Kumar
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“Wireless Platforms and Borderless Grievance: An Analysis of Transnational Diaspora Linkages and Mobilization Outcomes” (Preliminary title)


Emma Martin
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Charles Bell, a collector in Tibet

Rastin Mehri
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The Zoroastrians in British Columbia.

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Farah Mihlar
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Fundamentalisms amongst the Muslims of Sri Lanka.

Najia Mukhtar
Najia Mukhtar

Discourses of resistance? Examining spaces of religious tolerance in contemporary Pakistani society.


Sruthi Muraleedharan
Sruthi Muraleedharan

Symbolic Encounters: Identarian Performativity and Political Subjectivity [Tentative]

Bhikkhu Nagasena
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The significance of the Sima (Buddhist Monastic Boundary) in Burmese Theravada: Authority and Practice


Aruna Pandey
Aruna Pandey

Institutional Models to Resolve Conflicts over Natural Resource Governance: Role of Community Enterprises and Solidarity Economy

Samani Pratibha Pragya
Samani Pragya

Prekṣā Dhyāna: History and Practice


Usman Qadir
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The Political Economy of Technology Acquisition in Pakistan: Policy and Constraints in the Automobile Industry

Ayaz Qureshi
Ayaz Qureshi

Bureaucrats, business and the (bio)politics of HIV in Pakistan


Lucas Robinson
Lucas Robinson

New cities, new phones, new politics: accounting for political legitimacy among transnational Afghans and Somalis

Patricia Sauthoff
Patricia Sauthoff

Open Secrets and the Retention of Power in Kashmir Saivism


Sunari Senaratne
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The Post Tsunami Dynamic: 'Reconstruction' in coastal Sri Lanka

Chinmay Sharma
Chinmay Sharma

The Mahabharata re-constructed for Hindi and English publics: modernity and the 'national epic'


Federica Sona
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In the Shadow of uniformity: Islamic and Muslim marriages in contemporary Europe.

Krishna Prasad Upadhyaya
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‘Vulnerability and International Humanitarian Law: The Tharu Experience of Nepal’s Internal Armed Conflict (1996-2006)’


Preet Kaur Virdi
Prit Kaur Virdi

Accessing justice when Families Breakdown: Divorcing South Asian women in Ontario, Canada

Sahil Khan Warsi
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Cultivating Hambastagi and Hamdardi: Personhood and Relatedness among Afghans in India (Working Title)


Bryony Whitmarsh
Bryony Whitmarsh

'The Narayanhiti Palace Museum: Memory, Power and National Identity'

Arash Zeini
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The Pahlavi Version of the Yasna Haptanghāiti.