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Dr Azim Ahmed

Dr Azim Ahmed

Research Associate in British Muslim Studies

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Email
ahmedma1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5634
Campuses
5.15, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Comment
Media commentator

Overview

Dr Abdul-Azim Ahmed completed his doctorate in 2016, an ethnographic study of a British mosque. He has since continued his work and research in British Muslim congregational studies, but with a longstanding interest in the history and settlement of Muslims in Wales. He has passion for the public communication of "religion", and is founder and editor of On Religion, a magazine that explores faith and society.

He is Deputy Director at the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK. Dr Ahmed is currently working towards publication of a book telling the story of Britain's nearly 2000 mosques.

Biography

I hold a BA in Religious Studies, an MA in Islam in Contemporary Britain, and a PhD which explored the role and function of mosques using ethnographic research methods.

Aside from working in academia, I have been involved in policy, research, and project management in the third-sector, as well as launching and editing a quarterly magazine.

I am currently working towards publication of a monograph on British Mosques.

Professional memberships

- Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN)

- British Association for the Study of Religion (BASR)

- British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS)

- Sociology of Religion Research Network (SocRel)

- Association for the Sociology of Religion

- British Sociological Association (BSA)

Speaking engagements

May 2018 – “The Utility and Relevance of Shahab Ahmed’s “What is Islam?” to British Muslim Studies” at the Islam-UK Centre Symposium

March 2018 – Presented on the “Politics of Religious Architecture” in a panel discussion organised by the Baroness Warsi Foundation, Cardiff

March 2018  - Presented “Who Needs a Masjid?” to the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK as part of their Spring Public Lecture Series

Dec 2017 – Presented “The Mosque in Britain: Rhythmanalysis, Religion, and Recognising Diversity” at the “Power of Mosques” conference at the University of Copenhagen

Sept 2017 – Presented “God and Grime: Religious Literacy and British Hip-Hop” at the Muslims in Britain Research Network Conference at Birmingham University

June 2017 – Chair and discussant in “Spaces for Secular Faith” conference held in Bristol University

April 2016 – Presented at the Islam and Peaceful Relations Conference on “Rethinking the Role of Conflict in Peace”

September 2015 – Presented at the British Association for the Study of Religion Conference on “Sacred Rhythms in the Mosque”.

July 2015 – Presented at the Sociology of Religion Research Network Conference on “Sacred Rhythms and the Mosque”.

Publications

2020

2019

2018

2016

2013

Teaching

I am convenor of "Living Islam - Between Text and People", an undergraduate module part of the Religious and Theological Studies degree programme that provides an overview of the field of Islamic Studies. It is a team-taught by staff from the Islam-UK Centre at Cardiff University. 

There are an estimated 2000 mosques in Britain, but the role, function, and everyday activities of these institutions is poorly and understood. My research seeks to shed light on mosques, and highlight the important role they play in civil society. I adopt a social scientific approach to studying religion, and I'm interested in the questions posed by congregational studies (How do people do communal religion? What is the role of religious organisations? How does authority operate?) as well as those from lived religion (In what ways do individuals navigate their personal religious committments? Where does religion manifest itself in everyday life?). 

Supervision

I currently co-supervise a PhD student exploring the concept of reform in the writings of Khaled Abou Fadel. 

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Muslim institutions, congregations, and mosques
  • Sacred space
  • Islam in Wales