Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World

Alwaleed Centre Annual Report 2021/22

2021/22 has been an exciting year for the Alwaleed Centre with the launch of some major new funded research projects, some dynamic new members of the team and a revitalised outreach programme.

The past year has seen significant funding success for the Alwaleed Centre as well as the initiation of some extremely fruitful outreach projects and initiatives locally, nationally and internationally. This year our talented and growing academic team have helped cement our status as a leading Centre for the study of contemporary Muslim societies in a globalised world, and we look forward to building on this success over the coming years.

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

As the country emerged from the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alwaleed Centre was able to accelerate its programme of research, teaching and public engagement both online and in-person. We welcomed a number of new colleagues who have brought considerable expertise to the team, and we have celebrated the success of some major research funding applications.

Over the course of the year, the Alwaleed Centre's team has:

  • Secured over £1.5m in additional funding for research and outreach projects
  • Led on the launch of the Alwaleed Cultural Network - a major new network of universities and cultural institutions in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, all funded by Alwaleed Philanthropies
  • Welcomed 7 new colleagues and Visiting Fellows
  • Published and presented more than 25 academic articles, chapters and conference papers
  • Delivered a variety of high-impact outreach projects
  • Organised over 15 public events, both in-person and online
  • Taught 8 undergraduate and postgraduate courses exploring diverse regions and contemporary dynamics of the Muslim world 

We look forward to building on this year's successes and thank our many funders, partners and supporters for their essential and highly valued contributions.

2021/22 Highlights

If you would like any further information about the Alwaleed Centre and its many areas of work, please do not hesitate to contact us: thealwaleedcentre@ed.ac.uk.