I am a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Liverpool Hope University. My teaching subject experience includes; contemporary Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, Muslims in Britain, generic youth work and Muslim youth work. After spending 11 years as a Youth & Community Development professional, I transitioned to academia in 2006 and became Lecturer and Programme Leader in a unique BA degree in Muslim Youth Work at Chester University. I have been a Visiting Lecturer at the Cambridge Muslim College and was an Associate Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Liverpool Hope before prior to my current role as a Research Fellow. I am presently researching British and American Muslim attitudes towards the concept of Jihad.
PhD in Religious Studies MA in Islamic Studies
Muslims in Britain Research Network International Qur'anic Studies Association
My research interests include Islamic activism, religious radicalisation, inter-faith relations, applied research, religion and public policy. I have written widely on issues related to Muslim young people and have a particular interest in religious revivalism among British Muslim communities. I have a particular interest in the impact of global paradigmatic tendencies such as Islamism, Salafism and neo-Sufism in shaping Muslim religious discourses in the UK and have been invited to speak about these subjects in various national and international conferences in the USA, Russia, South Africa, Singapore, Netherlands, Germany and Saudi Arabia.
I was a Research Associate for the European Muslim Research Centre at The University of Exeter, Advisory Panel Member for the ‘Muslim Participation in Contemporary Governance’ research project at The University of Bristol, Advisor to ‘EurIslam’: ‘Finding a Place for Islam in Europe’, European Commission Research DG, Seventh Framework Programme and Alumni of the Interaction Programme of the British Council (Tanzania).
I am co-editor of Youth Work and Islam: a Leap of Faith for Young People (Sense, 2011), co-editor of Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in the Global Context, (Syracuse University Press, 2015), Editor of British Muslim Youth: Rhetoric and Realities (Ashgate, 2015) and author of the forthcoming Sufis, Salafis & Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism (I.B Tauris, 2015).
‘Taking Islam to the People: Yong Muslims UK, British Muslim Youth and the ‘Islamization of Space’, in Living Islam in Europe: Muslim Traditions in European Contexts, Brill Publishers. Leiden. Holland. 2015.
‘The Rise of the Traditional Islam Network: Neo-Sufism and British Muslim Youth’ in Gabriel, T., Geaves, R. (eds.) Sufism in Britain: Trends and Transformations. Bloomsbury Publishers. 2013.
‘Mapping Muslim Youth Work in Britain’, in Youth Work and Islam: A Leap of Faith For Young People. Sense Publishers. Rotterdam. Holland. 2011.
‘Hizb-ut Tahrir in the United Kingdom’, Muslim Association of Britain and ‘Jihadi Groups in the UK', co-authored with Yahya Birt, in Manual of Islamic Movements in Europe. I B Tauris. 2013.
‘Movimietos «yihadíes» en Reino Undo’ ( co-authored with Yahya Birt) in Frank Peter y Rafael Ortega (eds.) Les movimentos islámicos transnacionales y la emergencia de un «islam europeo» (Madrid and Barcelonia: Biblioteca de Casa Árabe and Edicions Bellaterra, 2012), 231-235
‘The Attraction of Authentic Islam: Salafism and British Muslim Youth' in Global Salafism: Islam's New Religious Movement. Roel Meijer, (Ed) Hurst. London. 2009, pp. 352 -379.
‘Studies on Violent Radicalisation: the beliefs ideologies and narratives: In Country Report-Great Britain', with Yahya Birt, for the Change Institute's ‘Studies on Violent Radicalisation: The Beliefs, Ideologies and Narratives,' conducted on behalf of the European Commission. London. 2008.
‘Islamic Political Radical Radicalism in Britain: The Case of Hizb-ut Tahrir’ in Islamic Political Radicalism: A European Comparative. Tahir Abbas. (Ed) Edinburgh University Press.2007, pp.145-159.
‘British Muslim Youth: Facts Features and Religious Trends’ in Religion State & Society. London. Routledge. September 2011, pp. 247-261.
‘Returning to Quran & Sunnah: The Development of Salafism in Britain’. ISIM Review, 21, Spring 2008. University of Leiden. Holland, pp.10-11.