Academic Staff

Professor Hugh Goddard: Director

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.

Professor Hugh Goddard

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:

In addition to this he has authored many articles on different aspects of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations.

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Dr Khadijah Elshayyal: Postdoctoral Fellow (Muslims in Britain)

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


t. 0131 650 4305


Administrative Staff

Tom Lea: Outreach Projects Manager

Tom is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, having received his MA in Religious Studies in 2005.

Tom Lea

After a period living and working in France, he 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 annual Festival of Spirituality and Peace, one of Edinburgh’s fastest-growing August festivals. This background in faith-based community work and events and project management has proved invaluable for his post 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


t. 0131 650 6686


Rosie Mellor: Admin and Outreach Officer

Rosie graduated from the University of Edinburgh, in Sociology, in 2008.

After graduating, she taught English in Catalonia, Spain, before returning to her home town in October to take up the post of Student Development Officer at Burnley College. In this post, she facilitated and ran student enrichment activities, and coordinated volunteer groups and student societies, including the setting up of Burnley College’s first Islamic Society to cater for the needs of the Muslim FE and HE student body. In addition, she worked as a research assistant under Dr. Megan Blake at Sheffield University on the Pakistani Food Pathways project, conducting qualitative interviews with local Muslim women on food, identity and geography.

After a brief time volunteering in India, she took up the post of Administrative and Outreach Officer at the Alwaleed Centre in September 2010. In this position, Rosie oversees the day-to-day administration and finances of the Centre, as well as supporting the Outreach Projects Manager in the delivery of community projects.

Contact Rosie


t. 0131 650 4165

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