Field Project and Field Trips

Field Project


In the summer of their second year, GPISH students undertake a field project. This component of the programme offers them direct experience of the lived context of the theories they are exposed to during the Graduate Programme. Students are encouraged to make connections between historical and contemporary issues during this time and to understand the social context of knowledge.

The project gives students an opportunity to produce an original piece of research. It is designed to encourage students to formulate and conduct a research project of their own, which can serve as a basis for continued post-graduate study or career development. It is, therefore, an integral part of the Graduate Programme. Given the short period of time available to conduct research, the field project will often, although not necessarily, take the form of a case study. The disciplinary framework and methodology are open to discussion with the staff of the Department of Graduate Studies. Each student is assigned a Research Supervisor to assist them with the field project. In the past, students have chosen to examine a wide spectrum of themes according to personal interest, including identity, religious authority, resettlement and aesthetics in places as far-flung as Sidhpur in Gujarat, the Darb al-Ahmar district in Cairo, and Khorog in Tajikistan.
For example, Aleem Karmali, who was a filmmaker prior to joining the Graduate Programme, elected to explore via a video report what the motivating factors were for Ismaili Muslim refugees who returned to Kampala. Another student, Aliyor Marodaseynov, chose as his focus the impact of Mini Hydropower Stations in Tajikistan, while Munira Shoinbekova looked at the process of resettlement of the Afghan Ismaili community in Canada during the 1990s.
A full list of the work produced this summer by the latest cohort of students can be found below.
Field Trips
The Graduate Programme also enables students to have a direct encounter with the societies being studied through field trips. First-year students visit Cairo, Egypt, and second-year students visit Andalusia, Spain.
Also see:
List of Field Projects, GPISH 2011


Aliyor Marodaseynov - Impact of Mini Hydro Power Stations (MHPS) in TajikistanTajikistan - Gurdofarid Miskinzoda

Amin Tejani - The perceptions of Eng Hwee Chu’s paintings in Malaysian societyMalaysia -Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad

Amira Chilvers - STEPping out-Tajik teachers take the fieldTajikistan -Farouk Mitha

Imran Shams - Bitan: Shamanistic tradition within Ismailis of HunzaPakistan - Gurdofarid Miskinzoda

Karim Mitha - Perceptions of Mental Health in South Asian Muslim YouthAustralia -Sharmina Mawani

Laila Naz Taj - The perception of people of Garam Chashma about the shrine of Pirinfo-icon Nasir Khusraw in Chitral, PakistanPakistan -Gurdofarid Miskinzoda

Nasreen Hussaini - Journey: Challenges and Adjustments in Settlement Process of Indian Ismailis Immigrants in AustraliaAustralia -Marodsilton Mubarakshoeva

Rozina Kanchwala - Community response to development intervention in Djenne district, MaliMali -Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad

Sahir Dewji - Ismaili identity in the Democratic Republic of CongoDemocratic Republic of Congo -Sharmina Mawani

Shadi Al Sharani -The current Syrian Examination System: The Way Forward? How do teachers perceive the impact of the current Syrian Examination System on learning outcomes? Syria -Marodsilton Mubarakshoeva

Shamsiya Chamanova - NGOs and health provision for labor migrants: The case of Ismaili Doctors’ Initiatives in MoscowRussia - Marodsilton Mubarakshoeva

Sher Baz Khan Ramal - Ismaili ritual practice in Karachi Pakistan -Laila Halani

Wisam Elhamoui -The role of religion in urban organization of spontaneous neighbourhoods in TehranIran - Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad

Zahra Sheriff - Ismaili youth identity: A case of KarachiPakistan - Sharmina Mawani