Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World


The Alwaleed Centre hosts regular public events, seminars and workshops featuring leading experts from across the world. We try to ensure that all our events are free of charge and accessible to all.

Solidarity with the victims of the Turkey-Syria earthquake

A night of world music and artistic performances with delicious food, drinks and raffle!

BRAIS 2023 Annual Conference

The Alwaleed Centre at the University of Edinburgh is the Management Hub for the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS). In this capacity, the Centre organises the BRAIS Annual Conference which, this year, will be hosted by the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London. The conference will take place on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th May 2023. Online registration for the conference is now possible.

Short Film Screening in aid of Syria/Turkey Earthquake Appeal


Studying Global Muslim Mobilities: Approaches and Experiences

You are warmly invited to a special online panel on ways to study Global Muslim Mobilities. We will discuss various approaches in analysing transnationalism, migration, and global interconnectivity of the globalised Muslim World, and how they intersect with issues such as authorities, orthodoxies, identities, nationalities, gender, and social class.

Islamophobia and Lebanon

'Islamophobia and Lebanon: Visibly Muslim Women and Global Coloniality' (I.B. Tauris–Bloomsbury Academic 2023) is the new book by Dr Ali Kassem, and we are delighted to welcome him back to the University of Edinburgh to celebrate its launch. Ali will be joined by discussant Dr Shaira Vadasaria to explore the book's themes.

Narrating the Pilgrimage to Mecca as a Sensational Form

The Alwaleed Centre is excited to host Professor Marjo Buitelaar for a talk on Hajj inspired by her book: Narrating the Pilgrimage to Mecca. Who will explore how for most Muslims who visit Mecca, the pilgrimage is a deeply emotional experience.

Online Book Launch: Understanding Islam by Byran S. Turner

We are delighted to be hosting a special online launch of Professor Bryan S. Turner’s new book Understanding Islam: Positions of Knowledge. Understanding Islam examines the historical development of the debate between science and religion through a sociological lens whilst also questioning how positionality affects the understanding of religion.

Understanding Women's Activism in Iran Through Cinema

A special screening of Mahshad Afshar's documentary 'Women on Both Sides of the Camera' followed by a discussion with the director.

Edinburgh and the World of Islam Walking Tour

An interactive guided walk exploring historical and contemporary connections between Scotland's capital city and the Muslim world.

New Scots: Changing the Narrative Film Screening

Over the past nine months, the Alwaleed Centre's Syrian Futures project and Media Education have worked together with eight young people from Syria to create five short films that celebrate their lives and achievements here in Scotland.