Nabeel Jafri

PhD Candidate

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Twelver Shiʿism
  • Anthropology of Language
  • Anthropology of Ritual
  • Method and Theory in Religious Studies


Nabeel Jafri is a PhD candidate at the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, and a Visiting Faculty at the Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. His doctoral research is funded by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada. His dissertation focuses on Urdu Shiʿi oratory (khiṭābat) in contemporary Karachi. His comprehensive exams were on South Asian Islam, Anthropology of Language, Method and Theory in Religious Studies, and Critical Secularism Studies. He is broadly interested in scholarship on semiotics, ritual practice, authority, and language use.