The Mahomedali Habib Lecture Series

The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture Series on Pakistan is named in honor of Mahomedali Habib (1904-1959), one of the leading figures in the history of the Habib family.

In addition to successfully guiding the Habib family’s transition from India to Pakistan following independence in 1947, Mahomedali Habib laid the foundations for the House of Habib, a group of powerful business and financial companies. The group has a long-standing history of philanthropy and social service and is currently leading the establishment of Habib University, a liberal arts and sciences university, in Pakistan which aims to bridge the gap between global academia and Pakistan. Toward honoring the legacy of Mahomedali Habib – who was distinguished by his love for Pakistan and his deep commitment to education and philanthropy – the Habib family has decided to endow an annual lecture series in his name. Through this lecture series the Habib family aims to improve and diversify conversations about Pakistan in the United States as well as create opportunities for US and Pakistan-based scholars to dialogue.


The fourth Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture on Pakistan was delivered on Sunday, November 6, 2016 by famed archaeologist and one of the world's leading authorities on the ancient Indus civilization, Prof. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer.

The Indus Civilization: Changing Perspectives on Regional Origins, Diverse Character and Complex Legacy
The 4th Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer

Lecture | November 6, 2016 | 3-5 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall


The third Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture on Pakistan was delivered on Sunday, November 15, 2015 by world renowned Political Scientist, Christophe Jaffrelot.

The Pakistan Paradox
The 3rd Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture by Christophe Jaffrelot

Lecture | November 15, 2015 | 3-5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room (315)


The second Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture on Pakistan was delivered on Sunday, October 26, 2014 by world renowned military analyst, author & political commentator, Ayesha Siddiqa.

Religion, State and Society in Pakistan: Searching for Identity in an ex-Colonial State and Elite Circulation
The 2nd Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture by Ayesha Siddiqa

Lecture | October 26, 2014 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room (315)


The inaugural Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture was delivered by leading Pakistani lawyer, advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, President Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan and human rights activist, Asma Jahangir. Video of the talk below.

Democratic Transitions in Pakistan and its Impact on Human Rights: The Inaugural Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture by Asma Jahangir
Lecture | Oct 8, 2013 | 7:00-9:00 p.m. | The Bancroft Hotel


To celebrate the launch of this new lecture series, the Habib University Foundation hosted a lunch for UC Berkeley faculty and students in which key members of the Habib University Foundation, including Chancellor Rafiq Habib and President Wasif Rizvi, made welcome remarks. Pictures from the Luncheon included below.

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