Ajmal Hussain joined Warwick as Assistant Professor of Sociology in December 2020. Prior to this he was Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Manchester, where he led the UK element of research and dissemination on a large Horizon 2020 collaborative project concerned with radicalisation, young people and equality. He has been
Ajmal Hussain joined Warwick as Assistant Professor of Sociology in December 2020. Prior to this he was Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Manchester, where he led the UK element of research and dissemination on a large Horizon 2020 collaborative project concerned with radicalisation, young people and equality. He has been recipient of a number of commendations and awards for the societal impact of his research. Ajmal obtained his PhD from the University of Manchester and also holds degrees in Politics and History (Brunel, SUNY Brockport) and Race and Ethnic Relations (Birkbeck, London). Ajmal has held visiting fellowships at LSE Cities and Aston University.
Ajmal’s research interests and activity are broadly located in urban and cultural sociology, and straddle the conceptual, methodological and impact in equal measure.
Conceptually, Ajmal is interested in the translation of Muslim culture and tradition across time/space and particularly in postcolonial societies of contemporary Europe. This incorporates interests in South Asian diaspora, migration and settlement, multiculturalism, racism and resistance, popular and political representation, political and moral economy of the ‘urban enclave’ and governmentality and biopolitics in relation to the ‘war on terror’. His book in progress, tentatively titled Urban Rituals documents the emergence of Muslim vernacular culture through analysis of the interaction between the material, social, and narrative life of the inner city. It makes use of work in the areas of affect, infrastructure and assemblage to develop a new theoretical framework for understanding the relationship between multiculture and faith in everyday urban life.
Methodologically, Ajmal is interested in participatory as well as multi-sensory and artistic means for accessing and representing social life. In his research to date he has collaborated with institutional and civil society actors at the city level as both users and producers of knowledge. Ajmal has considerable experience of dissemination and outreach work at EU level as well as with national and local government in the UK.
Ajmal is currently Principal Investigator of the UK element for two EU funded research projects:
QUESTLink opens in a new window - funded from the sixth NORFACE transnational programme on Democratic governance in a turbulent age (2020-24). This is a collaborative endeavour with a number of civil society actors engaged in anti-racism within the city of Birmingham (UK). The project is also a comparative venture with academics and further collaboration partners from the cities of Madrid, Oslo and Paris.
EXITLink opens in a new window - funded from the UK Horizon Guarantee is a collaboration with a number of HEI's and NGO's from across Europe (2022-2025), and is concerned with investigating spatial inequality through an intersectional lens.
Andrii is a Ukrainian brother who has studied at the University of Medina for over a decade. His area of expertise is cultural and legal affairs. He is also a polyglot who fluently speaks multiple languages including Arabic and Russian. Andrii has extensive experience in translating Arabic works into English and has been a literary edit
Andrii is a Ukrainian brother who has studied at the University of Medina for over a decade. His area of expertise is cultural and legal affairs. He is also a polyglot who fluently speaks multiple languages including Arabic and Russian. Andrii has extensive experience in translating Arabic works into English and has been a literary editor of more than 200 publications and articles up to date.
He has worked for the International Institute of Islamic Thought in Herndon. His duties involved translating and interpreting works in Arabic, Russian and Ukrainian, from texts all the way to live speaking presentations, including lectures. Andrii has also been the Head of the Da´wah and Public Relations Department of the Muslim Association of Ukraine as of recent. Under this role, he has taught different Arabic and Islamic Science courses, coordinated social and educational projects and managed public relations.
Paulius is a highly accomplished academic with a passion for Islamic history and culture. Currently doing his Phd at the University of Cambridge, he hold a Bachelor of Human Sciences in History and Civilization (with Honours) from the International Islamic University Malaysia, where they achieved an impressive CGPA of 3.79, as well as a m
Paulius is a highly accomplished academic with a passion for Islamic history and culture. Currently doing his Phd at the University of Cambridge, he hold a Bachelor of Human Sciences in History and Civilization (with Honours) from the International Islamic University Malaysia, where they achieved an impressive CGPA of 3.79, as well as a minor in Islamic Sciences. Currently, he has a MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with a focus on Classical Islamic History and Culture at the University of Cambridge, after having been awarded the prestigious Lithuanian government grant 'Kitas 100' in recognition of his academic potential and dedication to Lithuania's development.
His academic achievements include being named a top 1 Dean's list student in the History and Civilization department at the International Islamic University Malaysia, receiving the Rector's list award upon graduation, and contributing a chapter entitled 'Pan-Islamism and Revivalism' to a forthcoming publication on the 'History of Modern Arab world' textbook.
Additionally, Paulius has produced a lengthy paper on Muslims in the Baltic states for a Muslim minorities project initiated by the 'Arkan for Studies Research and Publishing' centre, which has been accepted for publication.
He has also presented at an international paper conference on the digitalization of knowledge in Islamic civilization, and is a regular participant in interfaith dialogues at the international NGO 'Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light' (HWPL). Furthermore, he has created a YouTube channel with the aim of making academic information about Islam available in Lithuanian language, and has volunteered as a Quran translator and editor, as well as managing an Islamic Centre project in Lithuania to establish a centre for Islamic educational and social activities.
Paulius´ work experience includes roles as a contract Project Manager at True Ilm Ltd, where he has worked on a post-colonial world history project, and as an Islamic Centre manager in Lithuania. They have also completed a three-month internship as a content writer for 'Bridge Between Cultures' MB, where they wrote on Islamic civilization and Arabic language subjects.
Paulius is also multilingual having a fluency in English and upper-intermediate level of Arabic, as well as a basic understanding of Russian. In his free time, he has enjoyed volunteering, such as serving as an Imam at a local Muslim community and delivering Friday khutbahs and leading prayer at the Klaipeda Muslim community.
Paulius has spoken at the 'Students' Society Cultural Dialogue 4.0' event at the International Islamic University Malaysia, where he shared the culture of Lithuania. Most recently, he presented at the Faculty Postgraduates Summit and the College Research Day at the University of Cambridge, where he shared his research on Islamic Historiography.
Anaximenis Silva (Bilal) is the Award Winner of the International Cultural Exhibition 2019 of the Islamic University of Medina. He is also the former cultural Ambassador for the university and member of the multimedia team at Yaqeen research in theology in the Faculty of Dawah. Moreover, he has also organized and delivered workshops to gr
Anaximenis Silva (Bilal) is the Award Winner of the International Cultural Exhibition 2019 of the Islamic University of Medina. He is also the former cultural Ambassador for the university and member of the multimedia team at Yaqeen research in theology in the Faculty of Dawah. Moreover, he has also organized and delivered workshops to graduates of this same institution. Additionally, he has also managed and broadcasted live lessons from the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina of three senior scholars; Shaykh Dr Abdus Salaam As Suhaimi, Shaykh Dr Ibraheem Ar Ruhaili and Shaykh Dr Badr Nasir Badr as well as their social media accounts.
He is a researcher on Muslim minorities and their relationship with the natives of the countries they reside, exhibitor and content creator on aspects surrounding Islam and Muslim life within Europe. Furthermore, he has also been the assistant director of the IPCI, one of the oldest and most well known dawah organization in the United Kingdom founded by the late Shaykh Ahmed Deedat.
Driven by his passion to bring Islam to the forefront of life in the West, Anaximenis has generated innovative public engagement activities with the purpose of spreading a critically informed understanding of Islam. He has engaged in several discussions with non-Muslims surrounding several topics and answered queries which has given him an insight as to the relationship between Islam, Muslims and western society.
Anaximenis has also been an advisor to major charities in Kuwait and has been a consultant for members of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. In the case of Saudi Arabia, the main focus of his input was on the presence of Islam in Cape Verde.
His role as an outreach associate and researcher at Islamic Education for Portuguese-speaking countries as well as with the project Confused Muslims has provided him with extensive skills in the development of research information and resources in the field of dawah. He also won a prize for the research topic ‘Leading by Example as Graduates of the University’ back in 2016 granted by the Islamic University of Medina.
Lomuscio Tano, a dedicated advocate of interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural engagement, whose extensive experience and profound passion are channelled towards advancing the promotion of intercultural understanding on a global scale. His principal objective is to enhance the accessibility of knowledge about various cultures and belief sy
Lomuscio Tano, a dedicated advocate of interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural engagement, whose extensive experience and profound passion are channelled towards advancing the promotion of intercultural understanding on a global scale. His principal objective is to enhance the accessibility of knowledge about various cultures and belief systems, particularly among individuals from diverse backgrounds, with the aim of fostering greater awareness and mutual respect among global communities. Tano's professional background is marked by roles that involve the supervision and mentorship of individuals seeking to bridge cultural gaps, project management within the realm of cross-cultural engagement, and the establishment of cultural exchange centers, all of which underscore his commitment to nurturing a more interconnected and harmonious world.
Tano's educational trajectory has been firmly grounded in the study of linguistic and cultural diversity, providing him with a solid foundation in his mission. His notable strengths encompass emotional intelligence, facilitating effective communication and decision-making in the context of intercultural dialogue, along with his leadership acumen that empowers him to inspire teams and drive strategic initiatives. Furthermore, his linguistic fluency in Italian and proficiency in French endow him with a valuable skill set for fostering connections with individuals from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Beyond his relentless dedication to cross-cultural engagement, Tano finds gratification in sports and leisure activities, reflecting a holistic approach to his life's pursuits. His commitment to promoting cultural awareness and interfaith dialogue, complemented by his remarkable leadership and linguistic capabilities, positions him as a formidable force in the endeavour to create a more inclusive, interconnected, and empathetic world. Lomuscio Tano's remarkable journey serves as an exemplary testament to the power of cultural exchange, understanding, and the pursuit of global harmony.
Chris grew up in Leeds, in West Yorkshire, born from an English family. He was raised a Christian, but accepted Islam later in his life. As a teenager, he realised that in the area he lived, which was predominantly Muslim, there was constant clash between the English and the South Asian community. He tried to stay away from the conflicts
Chris grew up in Leeds, in West Yorkshire, born from an English family. He was raised a Christian, but accepted Islam later in his life. As a teenager, he realised that in the area he lived, which was predominantly Muslim, there was constant clash between the English and the South Asian community. He tried to stay away from the conflicts between the two groups, as he was playing rugby at the time and was part of the Boys Brigade, which was a Christian organization. However, at some point, he became the regular target of attacks by teenagers of the South Asian community, who took out their issues in school with him. That experience emotionally affected him and made him dislike the Pakistani community. This is what led him to be part of the English Defence League, otherwise known as the EDL.
The EDL is an Islamophobic far-right group formed in 2009 in the United Kingdom. To belong to this group, for Chris, it meant that he was doing something good because he was bringing awareness to practices like female genital mutilation or honour killings that were, he believed, things ‘brown people with beards’ did. However, it got to a point that he realised that many marching with the EDL really didn’t know why they were there. They didn’t even have basic understanding of what Islam was, including himself. Around that time, Chris was addicted to alcohol and drugs. After a couple of years, he started to ask the group about many questions that were coming to his mind about Islam, but they couldn’t answer him. That is when he started to question his reasons for being part of the EDL, and he started to feel pushed away.
The turning point was when he was in a serious car crash that confined him to a hospital for a few months. While in that situation, he started to read a book about the prophet Muhammad ﷺ, read the Quran and watched videos about Islam. Eventually, he realised that prophet Isa allayhi salatu wa salam was a prophet alongside the prophet Muhammad ﷺ. By 2015, Chris became Muslim without his family and friends being aware of his decision. But they all eventually learned this through a viral video.
Islam was part of his healing journey. He forgave those who hurt him during his teenage years and left alcohol and cocaine from that moment. He became disciplined and shaped his character. Since then, Chris has been actively involved in dawah throughout the UK and has mentored others who have also become Muslim.