Ammara Maqsood’s research interests are in the anthropology of the modern Muslim world, with a particular focus on middle-class culture, religious change and inter-religious encounters in urban Pakistan. Her current research focuses on ideas of romantic love and conjugal relations in Lahore and Karachi, with special interest in the linkages between economic precarity, self-cultivation and intimate aspirations. The project builds upon her earlier work on the connections between piety, class politics and contested ideas on modernity in Lahore.
In a separate strand of research, based on fieldwork among Pashtun displaced from the tribal areas along the Pak-Afghan border amidst U.S. drone attacks and ground military operations by the Pakistan army, she has explored the role of uncertainty, rumours and conspiracies in local understandings of violence.
She is Co-Investigator for the multidisciplinary project “Rebuilding Kinship and Care After Dislocation: Lahore and Colombo compared”, funded by the BA-GCRF Cities & Infrastructure Programme. Before coming to Manchester, she was ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and Junior Research Fellow at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.
2017. The New Pakistani Middle-Class. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
2015. ‘Moving On: Mobility Among Tribal Pashtuns’. Tanqeed Winter 2015.
2014. ‘Buying modern’: Muslim subjectivity, the west and patterns of Islamic consumption in Lahore, Pakistan. Cultural Studies Vol. 28 (1), 184-107.