Ahmad’s research interests centre on questions of mobility, Islamic militancy and care in Iran and the wider MENA region. His PhD project explores Iran’s revolutionary politics and state-like interventions in urban low-income neighbourhoods, with a focus on the paramilitary organisation of the Basij. In his recent research, he focuses on the struggles of Shi’a foreign fighters and their families to demand state recognition and social welfare in Iran upon their return from conflicts in the region. Ahmad received his PhD from the University of Manchester in 2019. He is a postdoc fellow at EHESS, and is going to be a visiting scholar at Freie Universität Berlin in 2021.
“The Basij of Neighbourhood: Techniques of Government and Local Sociality.” In Urban Neighbourhood Formations: Boundaries, Narrations and Intimacies. Hilal Alkan & Nazan Maksudyan (eds). Routledge, Urban Studies series. 2020.