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Mohammed Ahmed   AFHEA

Dr Mohammed Ahmed


Lecturer in British Muslim Studies

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

+44 29208 75634
John Percival Building, Room 5.15, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
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Dr Abdul-Azim Ahmed completed his doctorate in 2016, an ethnographic study of a British mosque. He has since continued his work and research in British Muslim congregational studies, but with a longstanding interest in the history and settlement of Muslims in Wales. He has passion for the public communication of "religion", and is founder and editor of On Religion, a magazine that explores faith and society.

He is Deputy Director at the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK. Dr Ahmed is currently working towards publication of a book telling the story of Britain's nearly 2000 mosques.










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There are an estimated 2000 mosques in Britain, but the role, function, and everyday activities of these institutions is poorly and understood. My research seeks to shed light on mosques, and highlight the important role they play in civil society. I adopt a social scientific approach to studying religion, and I'm interested in the questions posed by congregational studies (How do people do communal religion? What is the role of religious organisations? How does authority operate?) as well as those from lived religion (In what ways do individuals navigate their personal religious committments? Where does religion manifest itself in everyday life?).


I am convenor of "Living Islam - Between Text and People", an undergraduate module part of the Religious and Theological Studies degree programme that provides an overview of the field of Islamic Studies. It is a team-taught by staff from the Islam-UK Centre at Cardiff University.


I hold a BA in Religious Studies, an MA in Islam in Contemporary Britain, and a PhD which explored the role and function of mosques using ethnographic research methods.

Aside from working in academia, I have been involved in policy, research, and project management in the third-sector, as well as launching and editing a quarterly magazine.

I am currently working towards publication of a monograph on British Mosques.

Professional memberships

- Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN)

- British Association for the Study of Religion (BASR)

- British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS)

- Sociology of Religion Research Network (SocRel)

- Association for the Sociology of Religion

- British Sociological Association (BSA)


I currently co-supervise a PhD student exploring the concept of reform in the writings of Khaled Abou Fadel.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Muslim institutions, congregations, and mosques
  • Sacred space
  • Islam in Wales

Current supervision

Ifthahar Ahmed

Ifthahar Ahmed

Research student

Arwa Abahussain

Arwa Abahussain

Research student

Sheam Khan

Sheam Khan

Research student

Subhan Dalvi

Subhan Dalvi

Research student