Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World

Alwaleed Centre Annual Report 2023-24

2023/24 has been an exciting year for the Alwaleed Centre with its team expanding significantly and a number of major international projects connecting the Centre to a variety of partners and stakeholders across diverse sectors and geographies. The Centre can look ahead with great confidence as it continues to build its academic expertise and broaden its global impact.

Alwaleed Centre
Over the course of the year, the Alwaleed Centre's team has:
  • Played a leading role in the launch and development of the Alwaleed Cultural Network - a unique international network of universities, museums and cultural organisation collaborating across three continents.
  • Established a ground-breaking dual degree programme which will see scores of Indonesian students undertake the Alwaleed Centre's MSc The Globalised Muslim World programme in the coming years.
  • Welcomed nine new academic colleagues.
  • Published 18 academic monographs, articles and book chapters.
  • Delivered 4 international conferences and workshops.
  • Taught six honours and masters level courses exploring the rich diversity of the contemporary Muslim world.
  • Generated new and exciting research findings through three major research projects funded by the European Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe.

Over the last year, the Alwaleed Centre has continued to grow and develop, expanding its reach to new audiences and stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally. This past year has seen the Centre sign a major new scholarship agreement with partners in Indonesia, welcome new and dynamic colleagues from across the world, consolidate its portfolio of ground-breaking externally funded research projects and take the lead in launching a major new international academic and cultural network. Closer to home, our celebrated outreach programme has engaged with many hundreds of young people across Scotland and the Centre also launched an exciting new forum for Arabic speakers across the university and beyond. All of this in addition to the core research and teaching which is helping to establish our Centre as preeminent in the field of Islam in the contenmporary world.

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

2023/24 Highlights

Expand the boxes below to learn more about the Alwaleed Centre's activities over the past year.

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.