|I am an
by training, based at the Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University, Sydney, with an honorary senior affiliation at Cardiff University's Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, and formerly Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. |
During my career I have enjoyed exploring many
concerning Muslims and Islam, such as arts, music, gender, ethnicity,
education, political Islam and social issues as well as
concepts like jihad, the ummah and the idea of justice.
In recent years, I have expanded my
interests to include youth culture and cognitive neuroscience and look
forward to exploring these topics both within the contexts of Muslim
communities and beyond them.
All of these seemingly
highly varied subjects, however, are linked to my main
social anthropological interest in human identity
and self - an interest which I have written about at
length in my published work.
At the moment, my most recent authored book is Faith, Ideology
and Fear: Muslim Identities Within and Beyond Prisons
It is the result of in-depth anthropological research among
Muslims in prison between 2004 and 2007. The
research focused on the experience of Muslims in prison in the
aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and how being
behind bars impacted their identity and experience of Islam.
For more about my publications and research, please see the
respective tabs on the menu bar.
am the Founding Editor of both the journal Contemporary
of Muslim Life, as well as the book series Muslims in Global Societies, which I established in order to stimulate scholarly
debate and to faciliate inter-disciplinary communication and
collaboration on the topic of Muslim communities worldwide.
However, as academic publications, even when attempting to
reach a general audience, are not often widely read outside the ivory
tower of academia, I also keep my own blog as well as a podcast channel where I enjoy sharing my
ideas, engaging in constructive debate, and discussing topics which I
feel lack the attention they deserve. Indeed, I believe that
anthropologists, as Franz Boas and Margaret Mead have taught us, should
engage and contribute to their time by facilitating debate.
I hope that you enjoy your visit to my webpage. Please do not
hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or wish to enquire
about research, postgraduate studies or collaboration.