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 Laiqah Osman

Laiqah Osman

Research student,


Laiqah holds a BA in History from Royal Holloway, University of London (2017) and an MRes in History from The Centre of Islamic and West Asian Studies at Royal Holloway University of London (2018). She is now a third year PhD student at the Islam UK Centre, in the Department of Religion and Theology at Cardiff University. 

Thesis: Muslim Women and the Authority of Online Islamic Content


Research interests

  • Gendered Oral Histories

  • Religious Authority 

  • Muslim Women on the Internet 


1) Islam in Contemporary Britain (MA): RTT515 - Contemporary Debates in British Muslim Studies, Seminar Tutor for session on Digital Islam.

2) History (BA): HS1105 - The Making of the Modern World, 1750 - 1970, Seminar Tutor.

3) Religious Studies (BA): RT0101 - The Origins and Legacies of Religion in the Modern World, Seminar Tutor for Study Skills module.


Muslim Women and the Authority of Online Islamic Content

This doctoral project addresses two main areas of enquiry. First, it explores the conditions which motivate women to engage with Islamic authority in the online space. Second, it investigates what their interaction with online religious authority looks like, and how this fits into their wider practice of religion in the offline space. Through the use of online oral history interviews and online ethnography, Laiqah hopes this study will contribute to demonstrating the importance of using a gendered, feminist approach when studying Muslims online.

Funding source

Jameel Scholarship


Sophie Gilliat-Ray

Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray

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

Mansur Ali

Dr Muhammad Mansur Ali

Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies