We warmly congratulate our alumnus Sher Rahmat Khan on graduating with a PhD from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
In 2018, RMIT University offered Sher Rahmat a scholarship to undertake a doctorate in educational curriculum. His PhD project examined the cultural politics of education curriculum. More specifically, the thesis explored the opportunities that education, informed by the SDGs, provides in promoting inclusion and pluralism in meeting the challenges arising from the intergenerational traumas of colonialism, neo-colonialism, globalisation, and forms of extremism in Pakistan. Following this research, a co-authored book on education in Pakistan will be published by Brill.
Before undertaking this research project, Khan graduated from the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) in 2013. During his study, he wrote an MA thesis on the Fatimid Gardens in Egypt under the supervision of Professor Stéphane Pradines. Through this study, Khan shed light on the landscape art of Fatimid Cairo and the ways these gardens played significant social-cultural roles in Fatimid Egypt. Based on this thesis, Khan published a co-authored article on Fatimid Gardens in the Bulletin of SOAS.
Commenting on his educational journey and the role of AKU-ISMC in his successes, Khan said: “I had the privilege of studying at the AKU-ISMC which has been fundamental to my educational success. The academic and intellectual exposure truly provided me with the vigour, intellectual tools, and insights to pursue a PhD. For me, this experience was overwhelmingly positive to the extent that it inspired me to further my studies and choose an academic career.”