Munazzah Akhtar
Munazzah Akhtar has been a faculty member at the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, since 2003. Currently, she is on study leave as an assistant professor and is a doctoral candidate at the Department of History in Art, University of Victoria, Canada. Her research interests include Islamic funerary architecture, ornamentation in Islamic architecture, cross-cultural issues in Islamic art, and the representation of Muslims in medieval European art. Munazzah’s doctoral research project focuses on the architectural and cultural events taking place at the necropolis of Makli, Pakistan, between the fourteenth and the sixteenth centuries. Her thesis argues that the classification systems in art, based on religious identities, particularly as in case of “Islamic architecture,” fail to acknowledge the complexities of intercultural interactions. She believes that the Makli necropolis presents an opportunity to examine these important classification issues. She was awarded the University of Victoria Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2012–2013 and 2013–2014, the University of Victoria International Graduate Student Award in 2013 and 2012, the UET Lahore Better Incentive Award in 2006, and the UET Lahore Masters Research Scholarship in 2003.


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