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 Laura Jones

Laura Jones

Myfyriwr ymchwil,

Siarad Cymraeg

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.


Laura Jones is in the third year of a PhD project looking at Muslim experiences of Ramadan (the month of fasting) in contemporary Britain. She holds an MA in Islam in Contemporary Britain and an MTh in Chaplaincy Studies.

Her ethnographic research of Ramadan uses photo diaries and qualitative interviews to explore the significance of the holy month for Muslims in the UK. Her findings focus on attitudes towards food, communal elements of Ramadan and spirituality. She is interested in theories of embodiment and social construction in relation to her findings.


Diddordebau ymchwil

  • Islam in contemporary Britain
  • Religion in the public sphere
  • Muslims and the media
  • Interfaith studies
  • Social theory
    • Subaltern counterpublics (Fraser 1992)
    • Geertz - significance, thick description

Traethawd ymchwil

Observing Ramadan in Britain (provisional title)

Fasting in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and something that is maintained by a diverse range of Muslims, even those who may be considered ‘less practising’ in other respects. It is an occasion which has gained attention in the mainstream media, with news coverage and specific radio and TV programmes broadcast during the month; in the commercial sector, with supermarkets offering Ramadan promotions; and in politics, with politicians delivering Ramadan greetings. Despite this, academic literature on Ramadan in the UK is sparse, thus the reason for this study.

In my thesis, I explore the significance and experience of Ramadan for British Muslims by
analysing Ramadan photo diaries from research participants and semi-structured interviews. I describe the month of Ramadan as an embodied phenomenon which serves to strengthen communal solidarity amongst Muslims. I explore topics such as food, communal activity/ritual and time in my research.

Ffynhonnell ariannu

Jameel Scholarship


Sophie Gilliat-Ray

Yr Athro Sophie Gilliat-Ray

Professor in Religious and Theological Studies, Head of Islam UK Centre

Michael Munnik

Dr Michael Munnik

Senior Lecturer in Social Science Theories and Methods, Director of Learning and Teaching




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