Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World

Alwaleed Centre Annual Report 2020/21

Looking back on a unique year which saw the Alwaleed Centre rise to the challenges of the global pandemic and drive its research, teaching and outreach agenda forward in new and creative ways.

The challenges of the past year have inspired us to think creatively about how the Alwaleed Centre delivers on its mission and engages with its many stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally. As a team, we have faced the pandemic with confidence and now look forward to embracing the new opportunities which this exceptional year has uncovered.

Professor Frederic VolpiDirector, The HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World
The Alwaleed Centre

2020/21 will live long in the memory as a period defined by the unprecedented challenges and restrictions brought about  by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the pandemic had a major impact on the life of the Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World, we are proud of the many ways in which our team have adapted to the "new normal" to help the Centre deliver on its aims and objectives.

Over the course of the last year the Centre has:

  • launched a bold new Master's programme
  • welcomed five new academic colleagues
  • delivered over 30 online events (including a number of major conferences)
  • published 15 peer-reviewed articles and chapters
  • made numerous interventions at academic conferences across the (digital) world
  • continued to engage with communities beyond the University through creative outreach and knowledge exchange programme

As a result, the Centre finds itself in an exceptionally strong position as we look ahead to a post-Covid landscape.

Below you will find further information about the Centre's major achievements over the past year. You can learn more about the history and development of the Alwaleed Centre in our special Ten Year Anniversary Report which was published in spring 2020 and looks back on our work over ten memorable years.

2020/21 Highlights