Hinasahar Muneeruddin, MA Candidate in Islamic Studies
October 04, 2021
Where did you grow up?
Chicago, IL. Go Cubs!
What drew you to your field?
As a Muslim woman, I am especially drawn to the field of Islamic studies as a means of understanding the discourses and lived realities surrounding the subjection, subjugation, and everyday performativity of Muslims under liberalism.
What do you enjoy most about being a student at Columbia GSAS?
The interdisciplinary nature of the school and my program, especially. I am able to take classes from various schools in order to fully customize my experience here. This opportunity helps me and other students explore innovative perspectives on our research interests.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Aside from being en route to completing my master’s degree at Columbia, my greatest achievement has been in realizing that my true passion lies within the humanities, specifically within Islamic studies.
Whom in your field do you consider to be a role model? Edward Said, one of the more prominent role models of the study of Muslims and the Middle East, who laid the foundation for how academics may study and define the subjects of this field.