Dr. Karim Gillani obtained his PhD in Music and Religious studies at the University of Alberta in Spring 2012.  His PhD dissertation entitled “Sound and Recitation of Khoja Ismaili Ginans: Tradition and Transformation” is a pioneering ethnomusicological research that situates ginans hymns within the wider context of Muslim piety in general and South Asian poetic and musical contexts in particular.  Dr Gillani’s ethnographic and historical research has been based on South Asian religions, languages, music, history, migration and culture. He has in the past taught a popular UofA course entitled “Music and Cinema: Popular Music of Bollywood (Hindi Cinema).”  His areas of expertise include Urdu language, music and religion in South Asia, and the Sufi and Bhakti Traditions of South Asia.  [Read more]