Past Scholars and Affiliates

Founding director

Dr. Derryl MacLean is the founding Director of the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at Simon Fraser University.  A social historian of religion with a concern for the social consequences of religious contact and change, his research spans ‘Abbasid and Fatimid history on the eastern frontier and the initial encounter with Buddhism and Hinduism; early modern millennial, communal, and apocalyptic movements in the Persianate world; and diasporic Muslim communities in the West.  He is the author of numerous scholarly articles, the book Religion and Society in Arab Sind (“Theoretical Studies in Sociology and Anthropology,” E.J. Brill, 1989), and the co-editor of Cosmopolitanism in Muslim Contexts: Perspectives from the Past (Edinburgh University Press, 2013).

Past visiting scholars and scholars-in-residence

Nahid Ghani, Visiting Scholar

Amyn B. Sajoo, Scholar-In-Residence

Peyman Vahbazadeh, Visiting Scholar

Maya Yazigi, Scholar-In-Residence

Past postdoctoral research fellows

Hatice Bayraktar, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Hossein Houshmand, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Amir Koushkani, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Past research associates

Maryam Mahvash, Research Associate

Sedi Minachi, Research Associate

Aliaa Remtilla, Research Associate

Eva Sajoo, Research Associate