Dr. Hasan Ali Khan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Habib University, Karachi. His doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, is on the beliefs, history, and architecture of the Suhrawardi Sufi Order in Multan and Uch, 1200–1500. After completing his doctorate, he taught at the Aga Khan University in Karachi and the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture before joining HU. Aside from teaching, his main interest lies in research in the areas of his expertise. To this end, he has completed an independent research project on the religious beliefs of the Hindu community of Tharparker in southern Pakistan, which are unique. In addition, he has worked with the French Interdisciplinary Mission and Centre for South Asian Studies (CNRS-EHESS), on a project on the history and culture of the city of Sehwan Sharif.
His current research interest is in the Alevi community of Turkey and the Ahl-I Haqq of Iran, in terms of the structural similarities that they share with the Qalandariyya Sufi Order based in Sehwan- which date to the mediaeval era. He has also worked on the Rifa’i Sufi Order that is prevalent amongst the coastal Baluch living in Pakistan.
- Ph.D., School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK, 2009
- BA, Architecture, Middle Eastern Technical University, Turkey, 1996
- Religious and Islamic Studies