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Two Muslim men enjoy a conversation outside the University's Main Building

Launched in 2005 by Yusuf Islam (‘Cat Stevens’) our Centre has grown to become the leading academic institution for research and teaching about Islam and Muslims in Britain.

Cardiff has one of the oldest and most diverse Muslim populations in the UK. Some of the earliest mosques were founded in the city in the early 20th century. Today, there are over 45,000 Muslims in Wales, nearly half of whom live in Cardiff itself (2011 UK Census). This makes Cardiff an ideal location for learning more about the history and contemporary situation of Muslim communities in Britain.

Hub of learning

Based in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, the Centre has a strong and positive relationship with the local Muslim community. Local Muslims form part of the Centre’s Advisory Group, and we are proud of this partnership. We envisage the Centre as an accessible, vibrant, and inclusive hub of learning about Islam in Cardiff and South Wales, for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Important resource collections

Some of our research resources that can be accessible beyond Cardiff include dissertations written by past Jameel MA and PhD scholars, and recordings of many of our annual public lectures and other events.