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Shanon Shah – The making of a good gay Muslim: Navigating (post)colonial politics in contemporary Britain

28 February 2022

Has public debate on Islam and sexual diversity finally come of age, in Britain at least? Judging by the evolving media and pop culture landscape over the past decade, it is tempting to be positive. So much has happened since the groundbreaking “gay Muslim storyline” premiered on EastEnders back in 2009. A brief chronology reveals […]

Discovering Muslims in Britain

17 September 2021

In 2018 the Commission on Religious Education (RE) issued a report concerning the challenges of reaching religions in the classroom, it stressed the importance of representing the ‘lived experiences of individuals and communities’ (2018, p,76). Following this advice, the Islam-UK Centre has developed a fully resourced, free scheme of work for Key Stage 3, which […]

Two videos: Islamic Responses to COVID-19

17 July 2021

Two lecturers on staff at the Islam-UK Centre were among the scholars invited to a day-long virtual conference at the beginning of July. Prof. Gary Bunt, who runs the Virtually Islamic website and studies online expressions of Islam and Muslims, hosted the event at University of Wales, Trinity St David. Including scholars from around the […]

Laura Jones – Radio Programme on Fasting

11 February 2021

Fasting has been a significant practice amongst Muslims since Islam’s inception and remains a common observance today, even amongst Muslims who may not adhere to other practices such as daily prayers. Fasting is most prominent during the month of Ramadan, when healthy, adult Muslims are required to fast from food and drink from sunrise to […]

Muslim Doctors Cymru and Covid Vaccine Questions

9 February 2021

Recent polls show that there is a hesitancy amongst the BAME community about taking the Covid-19 vaccine. There are primarily two reasons for this: (1) Infodemic: the sheer amount of misinformation found on social media about the vaccine perpetuated by anti-vaxxers; (2) coupled with a genuine distrust of the government and how the government has […]

Abdul-Azim Ahmed – The Untapped Potential of British Mosques: Part 1

14 December 2020

Moments of crisis often reveal hidden strengths, and this applies to individuals as well as communities. During national emergencies and local disasters in the United Kingdom, we have seen the valuable contributions of British mosques. The mosque is a “House of God”, a place for the faithful to gather in religious devotion. This social dimension […]

Michael Munnik – IPSO: press regulator’s ‘guidance’ for reporting on Muslims is not fit for purpose

26 November 2020

It shouldn’t be controversial to say journalists have failed in reporting on Muslims and Islam in the UK. Inaccurate use of terms and frequently negative constructions can make the religion seem strange, dangerous, or simply not British. Scholars have shown how journalists frequently associate Islam with terrorism and extremism. Though the news is often “bad”, […]

Sophie Gilliat-Ray – In Memoriam: Ataullah Siddiqui – A Personal Reflection

9 November 2020

On 8 November 2020, the world of British Muslim Studies lost one of its most thoughtful founding scholars. Ataullah Siddiqui worked at the Islamic Foundation in Leicester and its sister institution, Markfield Institute of Higher Education, for some 40 years. He touched the lives of thousands. He was highly regarded in many spheres of academic life, but […]

Riyaz Timol – Understanding British Imams: Project Update

31 July 2020

For many of us, 2020 will have been the most disruptive year in living memory. While the ‘new normal’ we have been obliged to navigate has, by now, considerably aged, much uncertainty still lingers in the air due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. In June, staff and students of Cardiff University’s Islam-UK Centre held our […]

Sophie Gilliat-Ray – Surviving Research in Difficult Times

4 June 2020

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 […]