Zarangez Karimova completed the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH) at the IIS in 2009. While studying at the IIS, she conducted field work in Cairo, Egypt, on how more traditional communities are responding to initiatives of change introduced by external agencies at Cairo’s historic district of al-Darb al-Ahmar.
She holds an MA in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) with a focus on the Anthropology of Religion.
Having worked as a Research Assistant at the IIS from 2010 - 2012 she conducted research on the history of the settlement of the Ismaili community in Penang, Malaysia. She had also been assisting the Department of Curriculum Studies with conducting library research for the Secondary Curriculum module entitled Muslim Societies and Civilisations.
Prior to her work with the IIS, Zarangez has held faculty positions in Tajikistan, including on teacher training programmes and at undergraduate level in the fields of arts, humanities and languages.
Zarangez is studying towards a PhD at the Department of Arab and Islamic Studies of Exeter University under the supervision of Professor Robert Gleave. Her thesis will examine the societal function of hadith literature during the Safavid period.