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Masoumeh Sara Rahmani

Lecturer in the Study of Religion, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington

I’m fascinated by New Religious Movements, atheism and non-religion, meditation groups, and Asian religions especially as they are received in non-Asian contexts. As an ethnographer, understanding peoples’ notions of themselves and their realities is at the heart of my academic endeavours. I use a combination of analytical frameworks (e.g., narrative, linguistic, and discourse analysis) to explore these phenomena.


  • 2019–present
    Lecturer in Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
  • 2017–2019
    Associate Researcher in Anthropology of Religion, Coventry University


  • 2017 
    University of Otago, PhD Anthropology of Religion