Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam


Research interests

The Iqbal Centre is committed to a research agenda that promotes Muslim reformist thought in all of its permutations. Centre Members are presently engaged in research in the following areas:

Islamic law and legal theory; Hanafi jurisprudence; Maturidi, Murji’i, Khariji and Mu’tazili theology; Islamic Finance; Taymiyyan Studies; Iqbalian thought; Sunni sectarianism; Tajwid; hadith qudsi.

The Centre is currently seeking to support post-doctoral applications in the area of Islamic feminism. Enquiries may be directed to Dr Mustapha Sheikh (

Centre related research projects and events

Teaching Medieval Islamic Texts: Methodological Concerns, Practical Solutions, public lecture, University of Leeds, October 2015.

Islamic Legal Methods: Study of Sadd al-dhara’i, Ijtihad and Fatwa, ‘Journey through Usul’ seminar series, Madinatul Uloom, Bradford, April 2015.

Natural Language Processing Working Together with Arabic and Islamic Studies, September 2015

Teaching Islamic Studies: Methodological Concerns, Practical Solutions, Conference, University of Leeds, April 2012

Publications of Centre Members

Sheikh, M. (2016). A Treasury of Ibn Taymiyyah: Timeless Wisdom of His Words (Treasury in Islamic Thought and Civilisation). Kube Publishing. (Forthcoming)

Sheikh, M. (2016). Ottoman Puritanism and Its Discontents: Ahmad al-Rumi al-Aqhisari and the Qadizadelis. Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming)

Brierley, C., M. Sawalha, B. Heselwood, E. Atwell. (2016). ‘A Verified Arabic-IPA Mapping for Arabic Transcription Technology, Informed by Quranic Recitation, Traditional Arabic Linguistics, and Modern Phonetics’. In Journal of Semitic Studies.

Sheikh, M. and M.S. Ebrahim (2016). ‘Debt Instruments in Islamic Finance: A Critique’. In Arab Law Quarterly.

Sayyid S, (2015). Recalling the Caliphate. London: Hurst Publishers. 

Sheikh, M. and M.S. Ebrahim (2015). ‘The Mudaraba Facility: Evolution, Stasis and Contemporary Revival’. In Arab Law Quarterly.

Islam, T. (2015). ‘Scholastic traditional minimalism: A critical analysis of intra-Sunni sectarian polemics’. PhD, University of Exeter.

Brierley, C., M. Sawalha, E. Atwell. 2014. ‘Tools for Arabic NLP: a case study in qalqalah prosody’. In Proceedings of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2014). Reykjavik, Iceland.

Sheikh, M. (2014). ‘Taymiyyan Influences in an Ottoman-Hanafi Milieu: The Case of Ahmad al-Rumi al-Aqhisari’. In Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society.

Sheikh, M. and M.S. Ebrahim (2014). ‘Hybrid Islamic Finance Instruments: An Usuli-Rationalisation’. In Arab Law Quarterly.

Brierley, C., M. Sawalha, E. Atwell. 2012. ‘Open-Source Boundary-Annotated Corpus for Arabic Speech and Language Processing’. In Proceedings of LREC 2012. Istanbul, Turkey.



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