Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary 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.

Praying on Carlton Hill, Edinburgh

Academic Leads: Dr Giulia Liberatore and Dr Idil Akinci

Since its foundation in 2010, the Alwaleed Centre has developed a reputation as one of the leading Centres for the study of Muslims in Britain and Europe.

Whether it is the history of the UK's diverse Muslim population, the demographics of Scotland's Muslim communities or the growing influence of female Muslim religious authorities across Europe, the Centre is at the cutting edge of academic debates around identity, representation and political engagement.

The Muslims in Europe research area is currently focused around the following activities:

 Teaching and researching Muslims/Islam in Europe: a critical lens

  • The Centre offers an honours and masters course on Muslims in Europe. This interdisciplinary course engages critically with various forms of governance around Islam and Muslim populations in Europe, while also exploring the diverse experiences of Muslims across Europe. An important component of the course is devoted to critically assessing, and exploring ways of moving beyond, the dominant ways in which research on ‘Muslims in Europe’ is framed, conducted and represented.

Muslim female leadership and authority

  • A groundbreaking conference and ongoing project bringing together academics and activists from across Europe and the USA. Further information HERE.
  • 6th December 2019 Postcolonial Banter: in conversation with Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan. Suhaiymah discusses identity, racism and Islamophobia with the Alwaleed Centre’s Dr Khadijah Elshayyal, as she launches her debut poetry collection in Scotland.

Multi-religious encounters

  • A workshop on Heritage and inter-religious co-existence in the city co-organised with the Institute for the Advanced Study inthe Humanities. More information HERE.