Dr Mustafa Baig

Lecturer in Islamic Studies

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

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Dr Mustafa Baig is Jameel Lecturer in Islamic Studies. He has joined Cardiff University from the University of Exeter where he was Research Fellow and then Lecturer in Islamic Studies. Prior to this he was Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Manchester where he also completed his MA in Islamic Studies and PhD thesis. His research interests principally lie in the study of Islamic jurisprudence in non-Muslim contexts, investigating how Islamic jurists – who predominantly addressed Muslims living under Muslim rule – discussed the ‘more exceptional’ cases of Muslims living in non-Muslim lands, and the legal and theological implications involved. As well as examining the classical literature on Muslims in non-Muslim jurisdictions, he is also interested in following new modern/ist discourses on Muslims in minority contexts.

Dr Baig also spent a number of years studying classical Islamic texts (in a variety of disciplines) with traditional Muslim scholars in a madrasa setting. He has taught courses (at the University of Manchester and Exeter) on subjects covering Islamic jurisprudence; Islamic theology; Islamic philosophy; Sufism; women in Islam; Islamic in practice; Islam/the Arab world and the West; and Islamic history.

He is also Co-Chair of the International Abrahamic Forum and participates in conferences and meetings regarding Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations.


PhD Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, Manchester University (2013)

MA Islamic Studies, Manchester University (2005)


2015 - Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Cardiff University

2014-2015 - Lecturer in Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

2013 - 2014 - Research Fellow, University of Exeter

2010-2013 - Lecturer in Islamic Studies, University of Manchester

RT1361 Islamic Law and Society

RT1111/2 Introduction To The Study of Religion


Baig, Mustafa (with Rob Gleave, eds.), Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Islamic Thought III (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming: 2016).

‘Operating Islamic Jurisprudence in Non-Muslim Jurisdictions: Traditional Islamic Precepts and Contemporary Controversies in the United States’, in Chicago-Kent Law Review (Volume 90, Issue 1, 2015, special edition: Shari'a and Halakha in North America) http://scholarship.kentlaw.iit.edu/cklawreview/vol90/iss1/5/

‘The Non-Military aspects of Kitab al-Jihad: Islamic Jurisprudence and Peaceful Abidance in the Abode of War’ in Elisabeth Kendall & Ewan Stein (eds.), Twenty-first Century Jihad: Law, Society and Military Action (I.B. Tauris, 2016).

‘Customary Law’ (with Robert Gleave) in Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (Macmillan, 2016).