I’m now nearly two months into the Dublin stage of my fieldwork. For purposes of anonymity and confidentiality, I will not give details on the nature of it. However, I will say that the experiences thus far have been extremely rewarding, both as a researcher and, more importantly, as a human being.
The Pakistanis that I have met have been extremely warm and hospitable. I’ve been fed or offered tea nearly every time there is a break in the day. I’ve been welcomed into mosques and homes and indeed into the very minds of Pakistanis here in Dublin.
I cannot help but express my sincere gratitude to Dr Akbar Ahmed, the Bari family, Ismail Kotwal, and a handful of other great people in the community.
I look forward to continuing this research in the foreseeable future. Inshallah.