Text Box: Dr. Sharmina Mawani 	       Vice-President/Treasurer

Sharmina 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.

Sharmina 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’. She has co-edited four volumes.



Gujarat Studies Association

The Executive Board of the Gujarat Studies Association consists of the following members:

Dr. Anjoom Mukadam, Dr. Sharmina Mawani and Mr. Alnoor Visram.

Text Box: Dr. Anjoom Mukadam	                     President

Anjoom received her PhD and Master’s degrees in Sociolinguistics from the University of Reading and Bachelor’s degree and P.G.C.E. in Secondary Education from King’s College, University of London.

She brings an interdisciplinary perspective to her research and teaching. Her main research interests are in the arena of ethno-linguistic and religious identities of South Asian youth and in particular British Muslim and Swaminarayan youth. These areas of study are by their very nature interdisciplinary and include areas such as migration and ‘diaspora’, adolescent identity formation, ‘race’ and ethnicity, heritage language education, popular culture, multiculturalism and multilingualism.

She has held posts as a Lecturer at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, Co-Director of the Evaluation Unit at the Centre for Excellence in Leadership at the University of Lancaster and Research Fellow at the SOAS-UCL Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She co-founded the Gujarat Studies Association and is its current President.

Anjoom has presented various aspects of her research at numerous international conferences. Her publications include four co-edited volumes as well as several book chapters and journal articles.




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Text Box: Mr. Alnoor Visram                                                    Member

Alnoor is a qualified accountant by profession and has diverse experiences in his field - ranging from finance, banking, treasury and charities. He was a Trustee and Board member of a charity "Focus Humanitarian Assistance Foundation Europe" an affiliate of the AKDN (Aga Khan Development Network) to which he was appointed in July 2005 and for whom he provided guidance/expertise relating to finance and governance.