The Alwaleed Centre


Academic and administrative staff at the Alwaleed Centre

Professor Hugh Goddard: Director

Hugh Goddard

Professor Hugh Goddard is the Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World.

Professor Goddard was an undergraduate in Oxford, where he studied Islamic History under Albert Hourani, and then took his doctorate from the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in Birmingham, where his supervisor was David Kerr. He has worked and studied in the Middle East, in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, and has also undertaken a number of research visits to other regions of the Islamic World, including Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Malaysia, Indonesia and Central Asia.

Prior to moving to Edinburgh he worked in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies in the University of Nottingham, where he served as Professor of Christian-Muslim Relations from 2004. He is the author of:

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Dr Khadijah Elshayyal: Postdoctoral Fellow (Muslims in Britain)

Dr Khadijah Elshayyal

Dr Elshayyal completed her PhD in History at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2013.

She studied History at King's College London, followed by an MA in Legal and Political Theory from UCL. Khadijah has experience working in the Muslim media sector, and has also conducted research on various aspects of ethnic minority political engagement.

Her PhD thesis looked at the development of identity politics among UK Muslims between the years 1960-2010, with a specific focus on issues relating to freedom of expression. She has particular interests in the ongoing development of identity and political expression among British Muslim groups and networks that are less often in the public spotlight, such as those working with women and young people.

Additionally, she is interested in how the discourse around, and practise of representation is developing within and between Muslim communities, as well as externally.

Contact Dr Elshayyal

0131 650 4305

Dr Alistair Hunter (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow)

Dr Alistair Hunter

Dr Alistair Hunter joined the Alwaleed Centre in January 2015.

Alistair holds a Bachelors degree in Middle Eastern Studies (Leeds), and a Masters degree in Politics (Edinburgh). He received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2012, for a thesis on the late-in-life migration of North and West African labour migrants working in France. His thesis won the 2013 IMISCOE Maria Baganha Dissertation Award for best PhD in the field of migration studies in Europe.

Alistair’s new research project links to the Alwaleed Centre’s key thematic area of ‘Muslims in Britain’. His study, funded by a prestigious British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, is entitled ‘Burying our Differences? Negotiating faith and space in contexts of death and diversity’. The project aims to understand conflicts and negotiations over burial space and funeral practices among Muslim communities in six areas of the UK and France with different patterns of ethnic diversity.

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Tom Lea: Outreach Projects Manager

Tom Lea

Tom is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, holding both an MA in Religious Studies and an MSc in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

After a period living and working in France, Tom returned to Edinburgh in 2007 to take up the post of Outreach and Development Officer for the Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association. He also assumed responsibility for coordinating Edinburgh’s Just Festival (formerly the Festival of Spirituality and Peace), one of Edinburgh's fastest-growing festivals. This background in faith-based community work and events and project management has proved invaluable in Tom's role at the Alwaleed Centre, which he took up in September 2010.

As Outreach Projects Manager, Tom oversees the Centre’s projects across Scotland and the UK, working closely with Muslim communities, schools, local authorities, the police and the Scottish Government to encourage a deeper understanding and appreciation of Islam and Islamic culture.

Contact Tom

0131 650 6686

Lilly Jenkins: Admin and Outreach Coordinator

Lilly Jenkins

Lilly graduated from the University of Stirling, in Film & Media and Sociology, in 2007 and later went on to do a Master’s degree in International development, at the University of Manchester.

Since finishing her Master’s degree in Manchester, Lilly has worked primarily in customer service/administrative support roles - both within the private and charitable sectors in both Edinburgh and Glasgow - before starting her career with the University of Edinburgh. After a brief period in Human Resources, she has now taken up the post of Administrative & Outreach Co-ordinator and will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administration and finances of the Centre - as well as supporting Tom in the delivery of outreach projects.

Contact Lilly

0131 650 4165