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Manchester Institute of Education

Haleema Mian

Previous education

Haleema Mian
  • PhD with Distinction, “Comparative study of story in the Bible and the Quran”, University of Peshawar, 2010. 
  • Visiting Researcher, under supervision of Professor Dr John L Esposito, George Town University, Washington DC, USA. 
  • MA Islamic studies (1st Division), Quran translation, Islamic Jurisprudence and Comparative Religion”, University of Peshawar, 2003.
  • MA Arabic (1st Division), Grammar, Religious Literature, History of Arabs and Rhetoric, University of Peshawar, 2001.
  • MEd with Distinction, Psychology, Philosophy and Statistics in Higher Education, University of Peshawar 1999.
  • B Ed (1st Division in both Theory and Practice), Psychology, English, Religion, Arabic and Science, School Organization in Teacher Education, University of Peshawar 1997.

Previous experience

  • Lecturer Education, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar, Pakistan, 2012 (currently on study leave).
  • Lecturer, Religious Education, Government Girls Degree College, Nowshera, Pakistan, 2008- 2012.
  • Senior English Teacher, Government Girls High School Nowshera Cantt, Nowshera, Pakistan, 2001- 2008.
  • Lecturer, Religious Education, Pakistan Air Force College, Risalpur, Pakistan, 1999- 2000.
  • Teaching Pashto, English, Urdu, Arabic, Hindi and Panjabi online.

Thesis title

Constructing Identities through Visual Methods: Transitional Narratives of Female Pakistani Students at Manchester


Research details

This particular research aims to understand how female Pakistani Postgraduate students experience transition in the context of studying at the UoM, through an exploration of their (changing) identities.

The research questions are: 

  • What experiences, acts and practices narrated by female Pakistani students contribute to the construction of changing identities during transition to the University of Manchester?
  • What cultural models do these students use to articulate their experiences?
  • How can visual methods be used to reveal construction of identities of this group of participants?

 The narrative interview method alone can explore the identity change of an individual; however this approach can be enriched by incorporating the use of visual methods, which is the cutting edge area, and very innovative in research in term of self authoring. Supplementing the context of an interview with visual prompts using photo elicitation for cultural models, timeline for acts and practices and relational map for construction of identities can serve as an interesting and productive activity to allow participants to gather a ‘holistic picture of their experience, attitudes, memories and immediate sensations with time’ in 4 interviews:

  • Interview 1 (Purpose) Expectations of participant from UoM will also be elicited
  • Interview 2 (Purpose) Exploring participant’s context in Pakistan and at UoM through photo elicitation.                           
  • (Outcome) Photo Elicitation will be used to illustrate self, family, institution and community in Pakistan and in UoM.
  • Interview 3 (Purpose) Exploring participant’s experiences at UoM through timeline of acts and practices involved.
  • (Outcome) Timeline will be used for enabling the participant to recall their feelings, understanding and experiences regarding the academic activities and practices at the UoM
  • Interview 4 (Purpose) Exploring participant’s changing identities in UoM through construction of relational map.
  • (Outcome)  Relational map will be used to explore changing identities. Each participant will be requested to position her-self in the centre of relational map. The themes taken from the data interview 1, 2 & 3 will be provided to the participant by the researcher for giving relative position, in order of importance, to the themes in concentric circles around the self.  The new data obtained will facilitate comparison of the self-understanding revealed in the first 3 interviews as compared with the fourth interview. The data generated will be analysed on Bruner’s approach, to narrative analysis. The findings will contribute significantly to the construction of changing identities helpful for the adaptation of participants at The University of Manchester.

Research interests

  • Pakistani Female Students
  • Identity Construction due to transition
  • Visual Methods in Research
  • Auto-Photography/ Photo Elicitation as research method
  • Timeline as a research method
  • Relational map as a research method
  • Narrative analysis
  • Comparative religion

Courses, Workshops and Conferences

  • I have completed one year course on Social Theories of Learning at UoM to develop deeper understanding of the theoretical framework of my research study. As a team member of the figured world group in the course, I have successfully made a presentation on the theory of Positionality (power, status, and rank). In addition, I had the privilege of a 50 minutes presentation on the use of Positioning theory in the context of my research study.
  • I made a Presentation on, "A narrative study of changing identity: As explored with a female Pakistani postgraduate student in Manchester" at the International Journal of Arts & Sciences Conference at Freiburg, Germany on 3 - 6 Dec 2013.
  • I attended a course on Narrative History offered by Dr Richard Fay on 19/12/2013 at The University of Manchester.
  • I attended and participated in the seminar on, "Mapping information landscapes" at The University of Manchester on 27- 28 March 2014.
  • I attended full course on Systematic open-narrative interviewing and interpretation using Biographic Narrative Interview Method (BNIM) presented by the founder of the method, Dr Tom Wengraf at The University of Manchester on Tuesday 8 April 2014.
  • I presented at SEED Conference on, "Constructing Identities through Visual Methods", 19 May 2014, at University of Manchester.
  • I presented at Kaleidoscope Conference on, “Constructing Self-Identity through Photo Elicitation", 29-30 May 2014 University of Cambridge.
  • I successfully completed all the six MSc course modules including: Introduction to Quantitative data collection, Introduction to Qualitative data collection, Planning of Research, Literature Review, Quantitative analysis and Qualitative analysis.
  • I attended the following courses at the university of Manchester: Training Courses; Starting Literature Review, Writing Literature Review, Planning your research, Academic Writing 1- 4, Leading and Influencing Research, Quantitative Method, Advanced Quantitative Method, Speed Reading and Managing, Planning your Field Work, Finding Information for your Research, Auto-Photography, Editing and Proof Reading, Viva Survivor, Keeping your Research up-to-date etc.

Recent publications

  • Sadia, H.  (2012). The Story of Creation in the Bible and the Quran, (IJASS) International Journal of Asian Social Science, Canada, 2(6), 961- 964.
  • Sadia, H. (2012). The Story of Prophet Jonah in Bible and Quran, Asian Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities (AJSSH), Japan, 1(2), 134- 141.
  • Sadia, H. (2012). Moral excellence of Prophet Muhammad & Orientalists, Hazara Islamicus, Hazara University, Mansehra, Pakistan, 1-1 (2), 01-09.
  • Sadia, H. (2011). Prophet Lot in the Bible and the Quran, (IJCRB) Interdisciplinary Journal Of Contemporary Research In Business, 3(8), 1030-1040.
  • Sadia, H. (2011). The Story of Prophet Solomon in the Bible and the Quran, Al-Idah Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre, University of Peshawar 22 (22), 1- 23.
  • Sadia, H. (2011). The Story of Prophet Noah in Bible and Quran,  (IJCRB) Interdisciplinary Journal Of Contemporary Research In Business, 3(6), 516- 524
  • Sadia, H.  (2010). Story in Arabic Literature and its Importance in Pedagogy, PUTAJ, Peshawar University Teacher Association Journal 17(245x), 117-133.
  • Farman M. & Sadia, H. (2007). Makaateebi Rasool Aur Arbi Khat Naweesi, Al-Idah Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre, University of Peshawar 18(18), 30- 53.
  • Sadia, H & Farman M (2006), The Story of Prophet Musa in Bible and Quran, Al-Idah, Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre, University of Peshawar 17(17), 1-35.
  • Farman M. & Sadia, H. (2006), Al Adab Wal Ikhtilaaf Fil Isaalatahu, Al-Idah, Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre, University of Peshawar 17(17), 36- 63.

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