Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World


Our research agenda engages dynamically with many dimensions of the contemporary Muslim world.

Our research encompasses different regions of the world comprising majority and minority Muslim communities. It considers intra and inter-religious dynamics as well the global impact on states and societies of contemporary Islamic religiosity.

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The Globalised Muslim World

Exploring the dynamics of contemporary Muslim societies in our increasingly interconnected world.

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.

Mediterranean Islamisms

A major new research project assessing the role of Islamist groups and actors in the social and political lives of Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey and Egypt.

Islamic Discourses in the Middle East

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.