Centre Blog

The Islam-UK Centre at Cardiff University specialises in approaches to research that are qualitative in nature. We flourish from our engagement with experiences, meanings, and ideas, either from the people with whom we do research in-person, or via textual material. Our research methodologies shape our collective modus operandi and our preference for doing things together as […]


I began the MA Islam in Contemporary Britain programme in 2017 as a part the US-UK Fulbright postgraduate programme, and will begin a PhD in Religious Studies at Yale University this autumn. My time as an MA student at the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK was invaluable. The programme’s interdisciplinary approach […]


by Prof. Sophie Gilliat-RayDirector, Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK It is with great sadness and a sense of real loss that we are recording the death of Dr Bill Gent (2nd May, 2020).  He was a true friend of the Islam-UK Centre, supporting its community of scholarship and its many projects […]


I write this in the glorious summer sunshine of South Wales deliberating over the past nine months at the Islam-UK Centre. As a Jameel scholar privileged to undertake the MA Islam in Contemporary Britain, I have had an extremely fruitful year. I was aware of the Islam-UK Centre for many years, but after coming (perhaps […]


At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of 20th century, one of the largest linguistic groups in Butetown were Welsh people. Welsh was spoken everyday and by a whole range of people from different areas. Cardiff is a port city with a huge proportion of mixed race people.  Despite this, conversations on Islam, ethnic […]


I have just taken over as Head of the School of History, Archaeology and Religion. One of my new duties has been to take on the role of the Chair of the Islam-UK Centre’s Management Committee. I was not sure what this would involve, but I knew that I was excited to see ‘under the […]


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 […]