Professor Robert Gleave, Principal Investigator

Rob is a Professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Exeter and Director for the Centre for the Study of Islam. His research and teaching focus on the history of Islamic law, particularly in the areas of legal theory (uṣūl al-fiqh), Shīʿī thought and law and the justifications of violence in Islamic thought. 

sophie-gilliat-ray-01Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray, Co-Investigator

Sophie is a Professor in Religious and Theological Studies at Cardiff University and Director for the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK (Islam-UK). Sophie’s research interests include Islam and Muslims in Britain; Chaplaincy and religious professionals and Religion in public life and institutions.

Dr Mustafa Baig, Co-Investigator

Mustafa is Lecturer in Islamic Studies a the University of Exeter and Deputy Lead on Islamic studies research. His research interests principally lie in the study of Islamic jurisprudence in non-Muslim contexts, investigating how Islamic jurists—who predominantly addressed Muslims living under Muslim rule—discussed the ‘more exceptional’ cases of Muslims living in non-Muslim lands, and the legal and theological implications involved. As well as examining the classical literature on Muslims in non-Muslim jurisdictions, he is also attentive to following new modern/ist discourses on Muslims in minority contexts.

julianProfessor Julian Rivers, Co-Investigator

Julian is a Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Bristol Law School. His research interests lie mainly in the are of legal and constitutional theory, with a particular interest in the legal regulation of religions. More recently, much of his time has been spent considering the relationship between law and religion, both in international and comparative law, but with a particular focus on the English legal system.

s200_abdelghani-mimouniDr Abdelghani (Tayyeb) Mimouni, Research Fellow

Tayyeb is Postdoctoral Researcher in Islamic Studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. His area of research is Islamic governance, with a particular emphasis on the views of contemporary Salafism on politics and violence.