Speaking گفتگو

Presentation: “Shi’i Quranic Elucidations In 20th Century South Asia: The Case Of Sayyidul ‘Ulama (D.1988)” at the Symposium on the Qur’an at Princeton University organized by Prof. Thaver (April 9-10) 
Chairing a panel at the conference on Occult Sciences in Islam at University of South Carolina, SC– Cancelled due to COVID (March 27)
Discussant on Simon Fuchs new book In a Pure Muslim Land at the annual meeting of South Asian Studies Conference (Wisconsin, MI)  
Guest scholar and lecturer for the Collegium Institute’s “Genealogies of Modernity Summer Seminar” at University of Pennsylvania (June 17-21).
Invited Public Lecture and Workshop on Muslim Adab at University of Bamberg, Germany (May 29-30) – cancelled because of visa issues
Dogs are Better than You! Mockery in Punjabi Sufi Poetry” at Mysticism and Ethics International Conference (May 2-3, American University of Beirut) – because the visa was declined my paper was read in absentia.
Chaired two Islam panels at the AAR-SE meeting at Eastern Carolina University.
Participant, presenter and discussant at the pre-workshop “Ulamā’ of Muslim South Asia” at the Annual South Asian Studies Conference, Madison, WI.
“Shiite Political Theology in the Era of Messianic Expectation” at the Annual South Asian Studies Conference
Faculty Seminar on “Academic Life and its Challenges” at the International Islamic University, Islamabad (Dec)
“Sufi Mediation of Sunni-Shiite Divide: Two Articulations from Contemporary South Asia” at Annual South Asian Studies Conference, Madison, Wisconsin
“Ethics of Socialization as the Missing Religion: The Art of Living Together in the Religious Thought of Ashraf Ali Thānvī” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics (SSME), New Orleans, Jan 2017.
Invited respondent to the “Performing Sufism” panel at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Atlanta, November 2015.
“Surely in their Stories is a Lesson for People of Deep Intellect: A Case for Islamic Narrative Ethics” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics (SSME), Chicago, Jan 2015.
Panel: “Teaching Islamic/Abrahamic Ethics” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics (SSME), Chicago, Jan 2015.   
Public Lecture: “Can Religion and Science Co-Exist? An Islamic Perspective” at Temple Beth El, Charlotte (March 10, 2015)
Public Lecture: “Reliving Karbala: Memory, Remembrance and Commemoration” at the 2014 Imam Hussain Day Conference at a Shiite Center in New Jersey (Nov 9, 2014)
Skype Lecture: “Sayyidul ‘Ulama and the Modern Crisis of Religion” at the Grand International Seminar on Sayyidul ‘Ulama Ayatullah Ali Naqi Naqvi, Lucknow, India (April 2014)
“The Academic Study of the ‘Ulama Tradition: A Critical Survey” at the Islamicate Studies Symposium, University of Chicago, October 2014.
The Shīʽī Intellectual Tradition of South Asia” at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Ahl al-Bayt Forum, venue Baitul ‘Ilm, Chicago, Aug 29-31.
“Reviving a Lost Tradition of Islamic Ethical Reflection: The Case for Islamic Narrative Ethics” Panel: The Use (and Abuse) of Texts for Ethics: A Comparative Conversation at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Baltimore, MD, Nov 2013.
“Rethinking, Reconfiguring and Popularizing Islamic Tradition: Religious Career of a Contemporary South Asian Shīʽī Mujtahid” at the panel Grounded Voices: The ‘Ulama and their Discourses in South Asia (32nd German Oriental Studies Conference [Deutscher Orientalistentag] Münster, Germany Sep 23-28, 2013)
“The Missing Religion: Social Ethics in the Thought of Maulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanvi” panel on Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Ethics (SECSOR Regional AAR, Atlanta, March 2-4, 2012)
Panelist and session leader for “Scriptural Reasoning (Theme: Idolatry)” (AAR Mid-Atlantic Region Meeting, New Jersey, March 15–16, 2012)  
“Reforming Religious Preaching, Preaching Religious Reform: A Contemporary Shi‘ite Scholar’s Appropriation of the Karbala-Paradigm”  (Panel on Pious Publics/Critical Publics: Theologies of Self and State in Contemporary Islam at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Nov 2011)
Panel presenter: “Teaching Islam and Reliving Karbala: Ayatollah Naqvi’s appropriation of Karbala Symbolism” (Panel on Islamic Preaching at the Middle Eastern Studies Association’s Annual meeting, Nov 2010)
“Toward an Islamic Liturgical Theology”, 5th UVA-Duke Colloquium, Feb 2010 
“Western Scholarship on Contemporary Islamic Intellectual History: A Critical Survey” (Islamic Research Institute, Islamabad, Dec 2009) 
Public lecture: “The Politicization of Muslim Women in the Muslim World: Competing Conceptions of Freedom and Justice” (Lahore: Seminar on Religion and Culture, Aug 2009)
“Social Relevance of Sufism: Writings of a Sufi-Scholar” accepted for the AAR Islam section for the annual meeting of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR) Atlanta, GA, Mar 2008) – was unable to attend due to family reasons
“Interpreting Karbala: The Relationship between Doctrinal Shi‘ism and Shi‘ite Mourning Rituals” accepted for presentation at the AAR Islamic Studies Section of the 2008 WECSOR conference at the Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, Mar, 2008) – was unable to attend due to family reasons
International Conference: “The Realism-Antirealism Debate in the Philosophy of Science and the Question of the Unity of Knowledge” (Tehran: First International Congress on the Dialogue Between Religion and Science, May 2006)
The Berlin Study Trip- The Holocaust and Representation led by Scott Denham and Roman Utkin (Feb 26-March 5)
Participant in The Thailand Seminar through the ASIANETWORK (Thailand, June 11-July 3, 2015)
AAR Workshop: Teaching Islam at the Annual Meeting (Baltimore 2013)
ACS Teaching Workshop Trinity University (San Antonio June 3-8, 2013)
Chair for the panel Islam and Muslim Spaces (SECSOR Regional AAR, Atlanta March 2-4, 2012)
Teaching and Learning Conference at Elon University (August 2012)
Attended “The Humanities and Technology Camp Piedmont (THATCamp)” hosted by Davidson College (May 5, 2012).
Attended the Seminar on Reformed Theology at Davidson College (May 22-24, 2012 – presenters Dr. Doug Ottati and Rev. Rob Spach)
AAR Workshop: Rethinking Islamic Studies (Atlanta, GA 2010)