Amal Sachedina is currently a research associate and lecturer at the Transregional Institute for Research on the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa, Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. She completed her PhD in socio-cultural anthropology and Middle East studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation research, now a book entitled, Cultivating the Past, Living the Modern: Dynamics of Time in the Sultanate of Oman (Cornell University Press, 2021), explores the material practices of making and reflecting on the past through examining the changing functions and roles of material objects and landscapes over the course of the 20th century at a time when the last Ibadi Imamate (1913-1959) pervaded the interior of what is now the Sultanate of Oman. She has also published several articles on Oman and material culture in several journals including, Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Anthropological Quarterly, Future Anterior and History and Anthropology.
At its core, Khoja-Moojli’s work explores the Pakistani culture wars and the affective attachments they elicit in the public domain as a discursive clash between the Tahrik-e-Taliban (TTP) movement and the Pakistani state.