Oxford Pakistan Programme


Ajmal Hussain Mughal

Ajmal Hussain Mughal is a permanent faculty member in the first and only Musicology Department in Pakistan, established in 2002 at the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore. After securing funding from the NCA, he completed his Master of Studies in Musicology at the University of Oxford.

Ajmal is continuing as a DPhil candidate at the university, and has secured the Carolyn and Franco Gianturco Scholarship in Music, an OPP scholarship and an award from the Zaman Foundation in Pakistan to further his studies.

He will be examining the historical journey of North Indian classical music in Pakistan, with particular focus on the effects and aftermath of Partition. His work will be one of the first to provide comprehensive academic engagement with the history of music in Pakistan and will be examining the contestation, translation and transmission of musical knowledge in the context of transitioning identity politics.