Visiting Graduate Student 2015-2016

Visiting Graduate Student 2015-2016

Amina Mian joined St Antony’s College as a Visiting Graduate Student for one academic year, starting October 2015, working under the academic mentorship of Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies. During her stay, Amina studied independently, continuing with her PhD research on Muslim teenagers’ religiosity and resilience, which she is undertaking at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany. Amina was able to use her time at Oxford to maximum effect, quickly settling into the academic community here. Amina says of her time, “Discussing my research ideas with the other students and scholars working on similar or related disciplines, helped me to discover new and important ideas as well as to critically reflect upon my research. Throughout the academic year I met several renowned international speakers such as Karen Armstrong and since most of these speakers came to St Antony’s College for their talks and discussions, it was very convenient for me to attend them. I also had the opportunity to attend my supervisor’s (Professor Tariq Ramadan) lecture series which are very much related to my research. The vivid and intense discussions in his classes, which were taken by international students from diverse backgrounds, as well as the highly professional input by the professor himself, enabled me to broaden my horizons on many issues. Professor Ramadan also provided feedback and advice on my PhD research. As a result of my stay and the above mentioned academic connections, I was able to organize my first self-organized conference in June 2016 on Religion and the Role of Self-Reflection in which numerous fruitful talks, discussions and workshops took place over two days. Having been affiliated with St Antony’s College and having Professor Tariq Ramadan as supervisor was a great experience and I can recommend it to all students who study in similar fields such as mine.”