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14 February marks the thirtieth anniversary of the fatwa pronounced by the Iranian religious and political leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini advocating the murder of Indian-British novelist Salman Rushdie. Some Valentine. The day was already due to be a dark one for Rushdie, with the memorial service for his friend, the writer Bruce Chatwin. That death […]


Lecturer in Islamic Studies Mansur Ali does research on Islamic bioethics. A key part of his work at the moment involves Muslims and organ donation. He was featured this month on a radio documentary for BBC Radio 4 called Me and My Fatwa. Here’s how his contribution happened: How did your part in this radio piece come together? […]



Ever since I began my doctoral studies, I received a lot of enquiries, particularly from young people, asking questions about enrolling onto a doctoral programme. Subsequently, I compiled a list on what to expect when applying for a PhD: Apply to more than one university: I applied to ten different universities and completed seven to […]


North London Central Mosque in Finsbury Park.Image by Danny Robinson (CC BY-SA 2.0),via Wikimedia Commons Social media has advanced at an alarming rate: people can now access their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages on their smartphones, wherever they are. For many, one of the biggest attractions of social media is that it is not limited […]


Journalism about Muslims in Britain is not easy. One religiously defined population has been thrust into the media spotlight far out of proportion to its presence in society. And the news – like much of the news – is often bad. (As researchers from Lancaster and Edge Hill universities found, though that argument goes some […]


When I began my doctoral thesis – exploring the experiences of Muslim Religious Education (RE) teachers working in British secondary school contexts – I wanted an ethnographic aspect to the study. Despite the growth of research surrounding Muslims in education, rarely has this research ventured past the school gates. Therefore, during my data collection I […]


Professor Peter L. Berger, one of the twentieth century’s most influential sociologists, died on 27 June 2017. In the 1960s his classic in the sociology of religion, The Sacred Canopy, became one of the principal articulations of what has been termed ‘secularisation theory’ – the idea that as societies modernise, they will inevitably become less […]


Mosque in Bulgaria’s ‘icy mountains’ where Riyaz Timol did fieldwork. Photo credit: Riyaz Timol In late 2012, I commenced a PhD at Cardiff University’s Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK as a fortunate recipient of Jameel funding.  Last week I emerged out of the other side relatively unscathed and with, as far […]