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Haroon Sidat, Research Associate, sat at desk in library, studying with books and laptop

We have a strong track record of undertaking interdisciplinary research on a wide range of subjects connected to the lives of Muslims in Britain.

In recent years the Centre's research has included work on:

  • Muslim chaplaincy
  • the religious nurture and education of Muslim children
  • Islamic environmentalism
  • 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 address 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 such as AHRC/ESRC and charities such as BGCI.


Since its launch in 2005, the Islam-UK Centre has attracted over £4.6M in research funding from academic research councils, charities, and private donors. Our Jameel Scholarship Programme supports MA, PhD and postdoctoral researchers working on a range of topics.

International reputation

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 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.