About the Centre
Welcome to the Islam-UK Centre, based in the Department of Religious & Theological Studies at Cardiff University. Launched in 2005 by Yusuf Islam (‘Cat Stevens’) the Centre has grown to become the leading academic institution for research and teaching about Islam and Muslims in Britain.
Cardiff has one of the oldest and most diverse Muslim populations in the UK. Some of the earliest mosques were founded in the City in the early 20th century. Today, there are today over 45,000 Muslims in Wales, nearly half of whom live in Cardiff itself (Census 2011). This makes Cardiff an ideal location for learning more about the history and contemporary situation of Muslim communities in Britain. The Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK has a strong and positive relationship with the local Muslim community. Local Muslims form part of the Centre’s Advisory Group, and we are proud of this partnership. We envisage the Centre as an accessible, vibrant, and inclusive hub of learning about Islam in Cardiff and South Wales, for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
The Islam-UK Centre also features a ‘virtual’ Centre featuring some of our research resources that can be accessible beyond Cardiff, such as dissertations written by past Jameel MA and PhD Scholars & recordings of many of our annual Public Lectures and other events.