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MA on Islam in Contemporary Britain

Yusaf Islam opening the research centre

The Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK was opened in September 2005 by Yusuf Islam, formerly musician Cat Stevens (right), in front of some 400 guests.

Since then, the Centre has already built a reputation for its unique, purpose-designed MA on Islam in Contemporary Britain.

The first year of the degree scheme allows a deeply informed and highly detailed understanding of the diversity of, and major issues affecting, Islam in Britain. The course looks at the history and development of the Muslim community in Britain and contemporary issues such Islamophobia, multiculturalism and Muslim representation in the media. It also provides training in the skills necessary to research the subject.

The course is building momentum, gaining a good level of awareness among religious studies and sociology departments. It can lead to careers working with Muslim communities in the voluntary or public sectors or to an academic career in the field of British Islam.

The teaching of the course also dovetails with the Centre’s outreach work expanding opportunities in the community. An advertising campaign has been placed with the Muslim media with the aim of increasing the intake of Muslim students on the course’s 15 places.

Dr Gilliat-Ray said: "This is an exciting programme for somebody who wants to develop skills in terms of research and understanding how to go about contributing to the body of knowledge in the field."