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Samnani Rahim, Ph.D. Student, Western Field

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Rahim Samnani

Ph.D. Student, Western Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:


Rahim Samnani is majoring in the Western field (Western Religious Thought), with a particular focus on Islamic Studies within the Social Sciences. He is also minoring in the Biblical field, specializing in Early Christianity. Rahim’s dissertation will explore the historical Muhammad. More specifically, he will be examining methodologies on the reconstruction of Muhammad’s life. Rahim will be working under the supervision of Dr. Liyakat Takim.


  • Queen’s University, M.A. in Religious Studies, 2015
  • Queen’s University, M.A. in History, 2013
  • York University, Specialized Honours B.A. in Religious Studies, 2012


TA Experience

  • What on Earth is Religion? (RS 1B06) McMaster University, 2016-17
  • World Religions/Religious Worlds (RELS 131) Queen’s University, 2014-15
  • The Crusades (HIST 243). Queen’s University, 2013
  • Making of the Muslim Middle East, 550 – 1350 C.E. (HIST 296). Queen’s University, 2012


Conference Presentations

  • “Making history in the Crusades: The Dominating Impact of the Knights Templar in the Levant.” Paper presentation at the 18th Annual New Frontiers in Graduate History Conference, Toronto, Ontario, 2014.
  • “Ginans: A Symphony for the Ismaili Soul.” Paper Presentation at the 2nd Biennial University of Toronto Graduate Conference on South Asian Religions (CSAR), Toronto, Ontario, 2013.
  • “Living through the Assassin Nightmare.” Paper Presentation at the 3rd Annual Western University Graduate History Conference, London, Ontario, 2013.
  • “Exploring the World of Assassin’s Creed and its Reality for the Nizari Ismailis.” Paper presentation at the 10th Annual McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History, Kingston, Ontario, 2013.

Academic service

  • Undergraduate Affairs Committee Member (Graduate Representative), McMaster University, 2016-17