Rhea Rahman is GIDEST Program Assistant and Ph.D Candidate in Anthropology at The New School for Social Research. Her work asks how secular accountability comes to bear on ethical stances in Muslim international development work.
GIDEST program assistant RHEA RAHMAN is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at The New School for Social Research. Her research engages the multiple motivating logics and materializations of religiously inspired international development work. In her ethnographic investigation of a British-based, global Muslim NGO, she examines how institutionalized and secular accountability of professionalized development comes to bear on religious decrees and Islamic ethical stances. Having worked with the NGO in England, Mali, South Africa, and the Netherlands, she explores the complicated striving through which it tries to create a cohesive organizational identity that encompasses the diversity of the places, people, and things with which it engages.