Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World

Major Projects

The Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre delivers a range of research and outreach projects working closely with a variety of local, national and international partners and stakeholders.

Click on any of the links below to learn more about our current projects and initiatives. For further information about past projects, please click HERE.

Digital Islam across Europe

'Digital Islam across Europe: Understanding Muslims’ Participation in Online Islamic Environments' is a major European research project funded by CHANSE and led by Director of the Alwaleed Centre, Professor Frederic Volpi.

Digital British Islam: How do Cyber Islamic Environments impact everyday lives?

A major ESRC-funded research project delivered by the University of Wales Trinity St David, Coventry University and the University of Edinburgh.

Valuing Water: Religious, social and cultural perspectives from a water-scarce region

In 2022, Alwaleed Lecturer in the Globalised Muslim World, Dr Kholoud Al-Ajarma, will be leading an exciting impact project funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.

Multi-Religious Encounters in Urban Settings

Funded by the European Research Council, this comparative ethnographic project asks, how do people of different faiths coexist in cities?

British Council Edinburgh-UIII Going Global Partnership

A major two-year project funded by the British Council aimed at building transnational teaching and research connections between the Alwaleed Centre and the Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia in Jakarta.

Al Muntada: The Arabic Community Forum in Scotland Homepage

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Our mission is to create an inclusive platform that fosters knowledge exchange and cultural integration among Arabic-speaking staff, students, and the community. We aim to facilitate diverse interactions and share experiences to enrich educational, professional, and societal growth within Scotland.

Alwaleed Community Grant Scheme

The Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World is offering small grants of up to £5000 to help fund creative and dynamic community projects across Scotland.

New Scots: 5 Short Films by Young Syrian Refugees

A unique series of 5 short films created by young Syrian refugees in Scotland exploring their aspirations, journeys, challenges, dreams, fears, and futures.

Alwaleed Cultural Network

The Alwaleed Centre at the University of Edinburgh is proud to be a member of the Alwaleed Cultural Network (ACN).

Environmentalism and the Muslim World

A special series of webinars exploring climate change and climate action across the Muslim world to mark the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference 2021.

Edinburgh Studies of the Globalised Muslim World

An innovative books series published by EUP in partnership with the Alwaleed Centre exploring the contemporary dynamics of globalised societies where Islamic worldviews shape social and political change.

Syrian Futures

Empowering Syrian refugees to realise their educational and professional potential.

Schools Outreach

The Alwaleed Centre offers free workshops, lectures and training programmes for High School students and staff across Scotland.

The Sharia and Islamic Law Online Course

A ground-breaking free online course offering a scholarly introduction to the global diversity of the Sharia and Islamic Law.

Celebrating Ten Years of the Alwaleed Centre

2020 marks the ten year anniversary of the Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre which was formally opened on 17th March 2010.

Edinburgh and the World of Islam

An interactive walking tour highlighting the many historical and contemporary connections between Scotland's capital city and the Muslim world.

British Association for Islamic Studies

The Alwaleed Centre is the Management Hub for the UK's only Islamic Studies learned society.

Muslim Female Leadership & Authority

A groundbreaking conference and ongoing project bringing together academics and activists from across Europe and the USA.

Transform & Connect

A creative Muslim-Christian project delivered in partnership with the Church of Scotland.

Stand-Up to Hate

A creative series of animations highlighting the human impact of anti-Muslim hate crime in Scotland.

Colourful Heritage Project

A major community history video project and exhibition celebrating the history of Scotland's South Asian Muslim communitiy.

Scottish Muslims in Numbers

‘Scottish Muslims in Numbers: Understanding Scotland’s Muslim population through the 2011 Census’ is a unique new research report written by Alwaleed Centre Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Khadijah Elshayyal.

Authority in the Globalised Muslim World

A special series bringing together a diverse range of scholars and practitioners to discuss key questions of authority across the contemporary Muslim world.