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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Social Anthropology Members

Dr Muhammad A. Z. Mughal, MSc, PhD

Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology

Contact Dr Muhammad A. Z. Mughal


Dr Mughal is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Durham, UK. Previously, he taught Development Anthropology at Riga Stradins University, Latvia and has worked on socioeconomic development at the World Bank and Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund. He was awarded the Durham Doctoral Fellowship by the University of Durham where he received his PhD in social anthropology. He has widely published on various topics and has edited special issues of different international peer-reviewed journals. His research and teaching interests include the cultural perceptions of time and space, critique on development, globalisation, Pakistani rural social organisation, and innovative social research methods.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Mughal, Muhammad A. Z. (2019). "From Sickle to Pen: Women’s Education and Everyday Mobility in Rural Pakistan." Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies 9(2). (in press)

Edited Volumes - Journals


  • Mughal, Muhammad A. Z. (2013). "Bloch, Maurice." In: Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia, vol. 1, pp. 77-80. Reece J. McGee and Richard L. Warms (eds.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 
  • Weiss, Anita M. and Mughal, Muhammad A. Z. (2012). "Pakistan." In: Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability, vol. 9, pp. 236-240. Louis Kotzé and Stephen Morse (ed.). Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing.

  • Mughal, Muhammad A. Z. (2009). "Time, Absolute." In: Encyclopedia of Time: Science, Philosophy, Theology, and Culture, vol. 3, pp. 1254-1255. James H. Birx (ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Book Reviews

Editorial Board Member

Courses Taught

  • Mass Media and Society
  • Work and Society
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Development Anthropology
  • Introduction to Social Anthropology

Topics Interested in as PhD Examiner

  • History, Culture, Languages and Politics of Pakistan and South Asia
  • Anthropology of Islam
  • Human-Nature Relationship (Environmental Sustainability)
  • Social Change (Globalization and Urbanization)
  • Anthropology of Time and Space

Research Projects and Consultancies

Research Groups

Department of Anthropology

Durham Global Security Institute

  • Contextualising Conflict

Research Interests

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Anthropology of Time and Space
  • Globalisation
  • Rural Social Organisation
  • Pakistan