Research and Outreach Associate (January 2023 - January 2026)
Iman completed her PhD in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She also holds an MA and BA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo (AUC). She was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Government, LSE from 2021-2022, and is now a Postdoctoral Research and Outreach Associate at Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge.
Her doctoral research examined the Salafi movement, focusing on the movement’s impact on the “common sense” or taken for granted ideas of British Muslims between 1980-2020. To that end, she has carried out more than 150 interviews, and 20 months of participant observation between 2017-2020 in Salafi and non-Salafi spaces in London.
At Cambridge, she will be working on a monograph based on her doctoral research. She will also be working on a new project “Post-ideological Islamic Activism in the UK”. She is also interested more broadly in the intersections between Islam & politics, social movements, migration/transnational studies, and gender.
“Who is a ‘Salafi’? Salafism and the Politics of Labelling in the UK,” Journal of Muslims in Europe, Volume 9, Issue 2, 2020
Davide Pettinato was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. His work integrates insights from the anthropology of Islam, human geography, and the environmental humanities, to explore Muslims’ engagement with and contributions to environmental sustainability and climate change issues.
Research and Outreach Associate (Nov 2018-Sep 2021)
Dr Emanuelle Degli Esposti is a Research and Outreach Associate at the Centre of Islamic Studies working on the subject of “Fighting for “Justice”, Engaging the Other: The Public Face of European Shi’ism.
Research and Outreach associate (Oct 2020 to Sep 2022)
Taushif Kara is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge. His doctoral research focuses on the intellectual history of the Khoja diaspora around the Indian ocean world (ca. 1866 – 1972).
Research and Outreach Associate (Oct 2018-Sep 2020)
Arafat Razzaque is a Research and Outreach Associate at the Centre of Islamic Studies – working on Piety as Social Ethics: Speech and Public Morality in Islamic History.
His current project, ‘Fostering Ethics’, focuses on the issue of adoption and foster care in the Muslim community. Arafat Razzaque is looking at ways in which historical perspectives on kinship and the family can contribute to an improved understanding of the challenges related to adoption in Islamic law, and towards bridging the gap between academic knowledge and social work.
Research and Outreach Associate (Oct 2020 to Sep 2023)
Vivek is a historian of the arts of the Islamic, South Asian, and Indian Ocean worlds. At Cambridge, he will be turning his thesis into a monograph, researching Bihari Qur’an manuscripts, and pursuing outreach that addresses curatorial literacy in India.