Zahra is a visual artist, educator and a researcher, trained in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts. She specialises in Middle Eastern and South Asian Manuscript Illustration (Indian, Mughal and Persian Miniature Painting). Zahra studied Sacred Geometry/Islamic Patterns under Keith Critchlow and Paul Marchant at Royal college of Art followed by The Prince's School of Traditional Arts London with analytical and cosmological approach. Besides, she also studied Geometry/ Biomorphic Design with reference to surface design and embellishments. She has worked as an artist/designer and a consultant for various international organisations. She has undertaken many international art and design commissions with individuals, institutions and organisations. She has taught in UK, UAE and South Asia and is a visiting artist / academic for many institutions internationally including London's Prince's School of Traditional Arts and National College of Arts Lahore. She has also introduced new courses in Birkbeck College, University of London’s World Art Programme in Indian, Mughal and Persian Miniature Painting and Surface Design and Embellishments inspired by Middle Eastern and South Asian art held at the British Museum, Asia House. She has conducted innumerable workshops and given lectures and talks in museums in UK on Indian, Mughal and Persian Painting. Many of her students whom she taught and trained are placed well and are already established designers, painters, illustrators and educators. She is part of international research groups and publishes on Middle Eastern and South Asian Art with an approach that bridges the practice with theory.