Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam


The Being Human festival highlighted the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world. On November 19th 2016 at the Bait ul Aman Mosque in Bradford, 80 guests from across Yorkshire and beyond came together to participate in a unique event inspired by teaching and research taking place in Islamic Studies at the University of Leeds. “From Canon to Critique: The Future of Islamic Education” was delivered by Dr Tajul Islam and Dr Mustapha Sheikh.

Black Lives Matter: Bilal and the Formation of the Early Islamicate took place on Monday 20th March 2017. This was a collaboration between the Iqbal Centre, CERS, Re-Orient: Journal for Critical Muslim Studies, Leeds ABSoc and Leeds ISoc, and exceeded all expectations: a full house of more than 100 attendees, an unprecedented joint Sunni-Shi’a prayer led by Shaykh Ahmad Haneef, and talks by Dr Tajul Islam, Professor S. Sayyid and Shaykh Ahmad Haneef probing issues around racism/discrimination within the Islamosphere and the importance of Muslim participation in social justice movements. The event also announced the launch of Bilal Studies, named after Bilal al-Habashi, the forgotten symbol of egalitarian Islam.

Dr Tajul Islam talk: 11:50-39:00
Shaykh Ahmad Haneef talk: 39:00-59:50
Professor Salman Sayyid talk: 1:00:00-1:14:47

Professor Salman Sayyid discusses his book ‘Recalling the Caliphate’.

A Theology of Tolerance: Amimul Ihsan’s Ecumenism event was organised by the Iqbal Centre in association with ReOrient: Journal for Critical Muslim Studies and the Department of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Leeds University, on 18th November 2017.

Dr Tajul Islam, “Theological Tolerance: A Synthetic Approach”.

Professor Salman Sayyid, “In Search of the Homeland: A Critical Muslim Studies Approach”.

Dr Mustapha Sheikh, “Teaching Islam in Higher Education: Sacred Knowledge and Safe Spaces”.

Iran Bostan, “Reclaiming our Tradition: A Feminist Reading of the Dars-i-Nizami”.

Muhammad Rokib, “Secularity and Sacred Law: Mufti Ehsan’s Legal Maxims”.

Dr Mustapha Sheikh, “The Erasure of Islam in Decolonial Thought”, talk givenĀ at the Challenging Academic Debates: Situating Decolonial Science, Art and Faith in the Syllabus conference, celebrating the Black History Month at the University of Leeds (25th and 26th October 2018).




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