Muslims in Britain Research Network Conference: The Future of British Muslim Studies

This one-day event, hosted by Cardiff University’s Islam UK Centre, brought together those from within and outside of academia who have an interest in shaping the study of Muslim Britain. They discussed the challenges facing British Muslim Studies and deliberated on how to best proceed. Shaykh Muhammed Reza Tajri presented the Al-Mahdi Institute’s education programme, which partly runs in collaboration with the University of Birmingham to offer a Master’s degree, as a successful model for Islamic studies in the UK. The AMI model, which brings together traditional seminary and academic approaches, was extremely well received by the convention. Senior academics were interested in how this model could be replicated in other institutions to give students, from various backgrounds, a wholesome appreciation of advanced Islamic studies.