Abraham Akhter Murad
Abraham Akhter Murad is a Research Associate at the Centre for Governance and Policy. Mr. Murad holds a B.Sc. (Hons) from Forman Christian College where he read Biotechnology, Education and Philosophy. He is a postgraduate researcher in history at Royal Holloway, University of London writing a dissertation under Prof. Francis Robinson. He was formerly a Research Associate on a British Library funded grant on Christian missionary activity and Inter-religious dialogue in British Punjab (1849-1947) in the Department of History, Forman Christian College, from December 2013 to April 2015.
Mr. Murad has presented his research at the Indian History Congress at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India (2014), at the Second and Third South Asian History Conferences at Punjabi University, Patiala, India (2014 and 2015), at the Andrew Walls Centre for the study of African and Asian Christianity at Liverpool Hope University, England (2015), at the 25th International Pakistan History Conference, University of Karachi and Hamdard University, Karachi, Pakistan (2016), at the Yale-Edinburgh Group meeting at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2016), at the 21st Asian Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (2016), at the International Association for Mission Studies’ Annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea (2016), at the International Conference of Historians of Asia at the National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan (2016) and at the Yale-Edinburgh Group meeting at Yale University, USA (2017).
Mr. Murad is Co-organiser and Lead Coordinator of the Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest, an academic literary festival which was first hosted in Lahore in 2016 and has since then grown into an annual affair with the 2018 event attracting 16,000 people over the two day event. The ThinkFest has now also expanded to the city of Karachi where the first event was organised on December 8, 2018.
Website link: www.afkaretazathinkfest.com
Mr. Murad is helping write the history of colonial North India’s first college built in the nineteenth century namely Lahore Mission College now Forman Christian College (A Chartered University). He has also been a teaching assistant for Pakistan Studies at the Information Technology University in the academic year 2014-2015, Fall 2016, and the academic year 2017-2018.
His current research interests lie in the philosophy of information, identity formation and the missionary education enterprise in Colonial Punjab and post partition West Punjab.