Omar Kasmani is a post-doctoral Research Associate at the Collaborative Research Center “Affective Societies". Drawing on his broader interest in religious lifeworlds, his current work explores the affective spatialities of religious belonging in the city, focusing on a Sufi circle in Berlin. He completed his doctoral work in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität, Berlin, for which he has conducted long term fieldwork in a pilgrimage town in southern Pakistan with a focus on processes of social and spiritual becoming among women, men, and trans*gender fakirs. Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Omar has been living in Berlin since 2010. He has co-curated the project ‘framing muslims’ and has collaborated with cultural collectives like the Vierte Welt and the Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) in Berlin. His interests, both creative and academic, lie at the intersections of gender, queer futurities and politics of Muslim religious devotion.
Kasmani Omar. 2017 (forthcoming) ‘Pilgrimages of the Dream: On Wings of State in Sehwan Sharīf, Pakistan’, in Babak Rahimi and Peyman Eshagi (eds.) Muslim Pilgrimage in the Modern World, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
Kasmani, Omar. & Maneval, Stefan. (eds.) 2016. Muslim Matter. Revolver Publishing: Berlin
Kasmani, Omar. 2017 'Grounds of Becoming: Living among the dead in Sehwan Sharif, Pakistan', Culture and Religion: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Special Issue: Interiority Unbound: Sufi and Modern articulations of the Self.
Kasmani, Omar. 2016. 'Matter that Matters: An Orientation' in Omar Kasmani & Stefan Maneval (eds.) Muslim Matter, pp. 47-61. Revolver Publishing: Berlin
Kasmani, O. 2016. Fakir Her-stories: Women’s Spiritual Careers and the Limit of the Masculine in Pakistan in: TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research, 26.05.2016 https://trafo.hypotheses.org
Kasmani, O. 2015. 'Women [Un-] Like Women: The Question of Spiritual Authority among Female Fakirs of Sehwan Sharīf', in Michel Boivin and Remy Delage (eds.) Shrines, Pilgrimages and Wanderers in Muslim South Asia, pp.47-62. Oxon: Routledge.
Kasmani, O. 2012. ‘Of Discontinuity and Difference: Gender and Embodiment among Fakirs of Sehwan Sarif’, Oriente Moderno, XCII, 2.