Dr. Sharmina Mawani


Dr. Sharmina Mawani is a lecturer in the Department of Graduate Studies and teaches on the STEP and GPISH programmes. She holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, an MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and a BA in Islamic History and Religion from the University of Toronto.

Her teaching experience includes courses on Islamic history, modern Muslim societies and religion and identity in contemporary society. Sharmina’s research interests include ethno-religious identities, Muslims in Britain and Canada, processes of acculturation, religious commodification, and South Asian devotional literature.

Dr. Mawani has presented at national and international conferences and published numerous articles in the field of diaspora and identity studies, including ‘Aapnun Aap Pichano: The Ginanic Tradition of the Nizari Ismaili Muslims of Gujarati Ancestry’ and ‘Songs of Praise: The Git Tradition of the Nizari Ismaili Muslims’.  She has co-edited three volumes: Gujaratis in the West: Evolving Identities in Contemporary Society, which investigates how Gujaratis construct and express their complex religious, linguistic and ethnic identities in the contexts of the nations in which they reside; Gujarati Communities Across the Globe: Memory, Identity and Continuity, which offers an insight into the everyday lives and evolving identities negotiated by Gujaratis in a global context; and Globalisation, Diaspora and Belonging: Exploring Transnationalism and Gujarati Identity, focuses upon the experiences of the Gujaratis, highlighting the unique ways that globalisation, migration, language, culture and ‘othering’ shape perceptions of belonging.
Dr Mawani currently serves on the Executive Board of the Gujarat Studies Association.