Department of Anthropology

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Dr Muhammad Aurang Zeb Mughal, MSc, PhD

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Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology




Aurang Zeb is a social anthropologist with interests in the cultural perception of time and space, international development, globalisation, rural social organisation, and Pakistan. He has widely published on these topics. He has worked at the World Bank and Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund on socioeconomic development. In 2009, Durham University awarded him the prestigious Durham Doctoral Fellowship. He received PhD in 2014 and the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of the Social Sciences, Durham University awarded him the Outstanding Performance Award. His doctoral research focused on the social organisation of time and space in relation to social change in rural Pakistan. He is member of the editorial board of several journals and has served as Associate Editor for the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability. He has organised various international events including a panel on social change in South Asia at the World Congress of Anthropology 2013, held in Manchester. He also chaired the organising committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s first ever Annual Postgraduate Conference in 2011.

Selected Awards and Funding

  • Durham Doctoral Fellowship: Durham University (2009-2011)
  • The Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Performance Award: Durham University (2011)
  • Radcliffe-Brown and Firth Trust Funds for Social Anthropological Research (Sutasoma Award): Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), UK (2011)
  • Editorial Bursary: Durham Anthropology Journal (2012-2013)
  • Doctoral Bursary: The Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust, UK (2011)
  • Best Study Design (Poster): Annual Anthropology Postgraduate Conference, Durham University (2011)
  • Grant for Panel at the IUAES World Congress 2013: Association of Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth (ASA)

Professional Service

Research Groups

Department of Anthropology

Durham Global Security Institute

  • Contextualising Conflict

Research Interests

  • The Social Organisation of Time and Space
  • Languages, Politics, and History of Pakistan and South Asia
  • Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability
  • Poverty Alleviation, Urbanisation and Globalisation
  • Temporalities, Spaces and Economies of Sports
  • South Asian Languages: Saraiki, Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Persian and Sanskrit


Books: reviews

Conference papers

Edited works: journals

Essays in edited volumes

  • Mughal, Muhammad Aurang Zeb. (2013). Bloch, Maurice. In Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia. McGee, Reece Jon & Warms, Richard L. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE. 1: 77-80.
  • Mughal, Muhammad Aurang Zeb. (2013). Persian Gulf desert and semi-desert. In Biomes and ecosystems. Howarth, Robert Warren Ipswich, Mass.: Salem. 3: 1000-1002.
  • Mughal, Muhammad Aurang Zeb. (2012). Brazil. In Native Peoples of the World: An Encyclopedia of Groups, Cultures, and Contemporary Issues. Steven L. Danver (ed.). London & New York: Routledge. 3: 579-581.
  • Weiss, Anita M. & Mughal, Muhammad Aurang Zeb. (2012). Pakistan. In Berkshire encyclopedia of sustainability. Kotzé, Louis & Morse, Stephen Great Barrington, Mass.: Berkshire. 9 (Afro-Eurasia: Assessing Sustainability): 236-240.
  • Mughal, Muhammad Aurang Zeb. (2011). Harappan seals. In World history encyclopedia. McGeough, Kevin Murray Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO. 4: 706-707.
  • Mughal, Muhammad Aurang Zeb. (2009). Time, absolute. In Encyclopedia of time science, philosophy, theology, and culture. Birx, H. James Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage. 3: 1254-1255.

Journal papers: academic

Theses: PhD

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