The Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations appoints a new Dean

The Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations was founded in 2002, as an educational and research unit within the Aga Khan University (International). The Institute advances the University’s commitment to academic excellence and social development. AKU-ISMC’s ambitious remit is to carry out excellent research and teaching that can enable future and current leaders to effectively address complex challenges facing the world.

The AKU was inaugurated in 1983 and today the University has campuses in six countries, Afghanistan, Kenya, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda, and the United Kingdom. The focus at AKU is on Health Sciences and Education, and the University is part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). 

Society was retained by AKU-ISMC for this key appointment to conduct an international search for a strategic and inspiring leader, who will offer a compelling vision for research and education at ISMC. The incoming Dean will lead the Institute’s strategic direction and growth at a highly exciting time in its and the University’s development. 

Dr Shahzad Bashir comes to ISMC and AKU following two decades of leadership experience at universities in the United States. From 2018 to 2020, Dr Bashir directed the Center for Middle East Studies at Brown University. He specializes in the intellectual and social history of Iran and Central and South Asia from the late medieval period to the present. 

Dr Bashir is the recipient of numerous prestigious US academic fellowships for his work, including the American Council of Learned Societies, the Carnegie Corporation, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Stanford Humanities Center. 

Society would like to wish Dr Bashir all the best in his new role. 

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