The Islam-UK Centre has a strong track record for undertaking inter-disciplinary research on a wide range of subjects connected to the lives of Muslims in Britain. In recent years this has included work on Muslim chaplaincy, the religious nurture and education of Muslim children, Islamic environmentalism, and the intersection of religious ‘courts’ with civil family law. We specialise in qualitative social scientific/anthropological methodology, and emphasise active collaboration with our research participants so that we addresses issues of concern to British Muslim communities themselves. This is evident through doctoral research projects, as well as externally funded work sponsored by academic research councils (e.g. AHRC/ESRC) and charities (e.g. BGCI).
The Centre is now a ‘hub’ for research about Islam and Muslims within Cardiff University, and thus far we have collaborated with the School of Social Sciences, the School of Music, Cardiff Law School, and the School of Architecture, as well as having strong links with Cardiff Business School, and the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies. The research income associated with the Islam-UK Centre to date is in the region of £800,000, while our Jameel Scholarship Programme (£1m) supports doctoral and post-doctoral researchers working on a wide range of subjects.
While many of our researchers have been based in the UK, we have also welcomed visiting international scholars from Italy, the USA, and Poland. The Islam-UK Centre at Cardiff University is at the cutting edge of research in the emerging field of ‘British Muslim Studies’, and now has an international reputation as the leading centre of excellence for the study of Islam and Muslims in Britain.