Centre Blog

Welcome to the Islam-UK Centre blog which is intended as another way to share research, ideas and stories about Muslims in Britain. We say ‘another’ because we already share our research and the works of other scholars, activists, and professionals from various backgrounds through our website where you can find research from our staff and the “Virtual Research Centre”.  This includes dissertations from former students, and videos of lectures and seminars we’ve hosted over the years – it’s a living catalogue of discussions about Muslims in the UK. These videos connect to the public seminars and events we host, bringing scholars, students and the community together in real life. More videos produced by the Centre can be accessed through our YouTube Channel. Every Spring since 2013 we’ve offered a MOOC – a free online course – about Muslims in Britain. Here, we present an informal discussion on issues and ideas, with a rotating cast of bloggers drawn from staff, students, alumni, and friends in the community, writing about what’s happening and what matters to them.

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 […]


The Human Transplantation Act (Wales) 2013, otherwise known as the ‘Law of presumed consent’ has caused a panic in the Muslim community. There are concerns that this law will interfere with religious sensibilities and dignity of the body in Islam. Based on a very small-scale research, the speaker explores some of these concerns. He argues […]


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 […]



I look at how stories are shared, as well as who shares the stories, in my research on the news media. In a former life, I worked as a journalist, and it’s given me good understanding of journalism practice and a fair bit of empathy for the journalists, even as it sharpens my own critiques: […]



Eid is a time for coming together as a family and as a community after the fasting of Ramadan – and this past Ramadan was an especially long fast for Muslims in Britain, straddling the longest days of the calendar at the height of summer in our northern latitude. In Cardiff, the Welsh Assembly hosted […]