Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World


The Alwaleed Centre's ground-breaking research engages dynamically with the dynamics of the contemporary, globalised Muslim world.

As technological advances make the world ever smaller, information and ideas are able to migrate across diverse geographies and cultures like never before, informing, influencing and connecting Muslim societies in increasingly complex ways.

Our research clusters explore key aspects of the globalised Muslim world in both Muslim majority and minority contexts, as well as across the online space.

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Muslims in Europe

Research and teaching focused on Europe's second-largest religious minority with an emphasis on representation, politics and debates around multiculturalism.

Islam and Inter-religious Relations

Exploring the relationship between Islam and other religious traditions, in both Muslim-majority and Muslim–minority contexts.

Sunni-Shi'i Relations

Exploring the multifaceted contemporary relationship between Islam's two main sects, with a particular focus on the UK and Europe as well as other Muslim-minority contexts.

Islamism and Islamic Discourses in the Middle East and North Africa

Exploring Islam's role in public life and its relationship with the state in a dynamic and rapidly-changing Middle East.

Alwaleed Centre Publications

Over the course of its twelve year history, the Alwaleed Centre's academic team have published over 20 monographs & edited volumes, and over 100 journal articles & chapters.