Research Interests: Western world cultural narratives, cultural narratives in the Muslim world, the arts of Islam, modern art.
Research at Cambridge: Exploring the Quranic principle of Mizan as realised in Islamic civilisation.
Paul published his book, Rethinking Islam and the West, in 2019 and produced a video to accompany the launch.
Dr Julian Hargreaves
Research Fellow, Woolf Institute
Research Interests: British Muslim communities, social science and statistics, as well as issues around diversity and equality.
Research at Cambridge: currently focuses on police stop and search, community responses to counter-extremism, and local patterns of intolerance across the UK.
Mr Martin Rose
MENA Consultant, British Council
Research Interests: Morocco generally, language and culture, and the interaction of faiths.
Research at Cambridge: the Moroccan community in Manchester and the trade in silver plate.
Dr Ryan Williams
Lecturer in Studies in Religion School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, University of Queensland, Australia
Research Interests: The study of Islam and society and contemporary religion. Understanding the lived experiences of Muslims in connection with themes of belonging and social cohesion, piety and ethics, and state power and multiculturalism
Research at Cambridge: the experience of Muslims in the British Criminal Justice System.
Dr Sara Betteridge
Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Spiritual Care Advisor NHS
Research Interests: Incorporating Religion into therapy, Muslim experiences of mental health, Islamic interpretations of mental health issues, Psychological, Social and Spiritual theories on Psychosis.
Research at Cambridge: Muslim Mental Health in Britain.
Dr Shana Cohen
Stone Ashdown Director, Woolf Institute
Research interests: public services; non-profit organizations; political alienation in North Africa; inequality; comparative values of social justice and social good.
Research at Cambridge: contemporary values and practices of social good and society within Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.
Ms. Hacer Z. Gonul
Ph.D. Candidate, East Asia Studies Centre (EASt), ULB
Research interests: Ethnic and religious minorities in China particularly ethnicity, radicalization, Islam in China, securitization with a special focus on Hui and Uyghur communities.
Research at Cambridge: Negotiating Islam in China and Being a ‘Muslim’ in China.
Dr. Sertaç Sehlikoglu
Senior Research Associate, The Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London
Research Interests: Social anthropology, subjectivity, gender, and desire, the interconnections between the visible and invisible, tangible and intangible.
Research at Cambridge: Populism, Islam, and empire and the way such political aspirations are connected to global politics to populism, toxic nationalism, and imaginative/emotional visions of total domination as major challenges to social and political life.
Dr Alice Wilson
Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Sussex
Research Interests: Political and economic anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa, liberation movements, revolutions, northwest Africa, Oman.
Research at Cambridge: Legacies of the former liberation movement in Dhufar, southern Oman, especially in kinship, everyday socialising and ongoing platforms for progressive politics.
Dr. H.A. Hellyer
Senior Associate Fellow, The Royal United Services Institute (London) and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (DC)
Research Interests: Politics, international relations and religion, in the West and the Arab world; the geopolitics of the wider Arab world; Western Muslim communities; contemporary Islamic studies; extremist groups; the mainstreaming of far-right in the West. More at www.hahellyer.com.
Research at Cambridge: Dr Hellyer is on the steering committee for the EU Horizon 2020 project on ‘Radicalisation, Secularism and the Governance of Religion’, researching 23 countries on 4 continents, in conjunction with 12 universities. Among other publications, he will also separately produce a monograph on recently deceased 20th/21st century Western Sufi scholar.
Allianz Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies, Ludwig Maximilians-University of Munich
Research interests: medieval Islamic history and civilisation; Jews of Arab lands in pre-modern and modern times; academic study of Muslim-Jewish relations; memory and history; history of religions, ritual studies; pilgrimage, saints and sacred objects in Islam, Judaism and Christianity; sacred space.
Research at Cambridge: a book project on memory among Muslims and Jews in the Islamic World.