Dr Muhammad Mansur Ali
Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 76297
Location:John Percival Building Room 5.08
I have two main research interests, one textual and the other practical. I am interested in Hadith studies both Muslim and Orientalist as well as classical and modern. I am also interested in British Muslims and practical theology. How can Muslims have a meaningful religious experience in a predominant secular society? What psychological impact has modernity and the technocratic society has had on the lives of Muslims in the West? An offshoot of this is to look at religious leadership in the British Muslim community. This includes Muslim chaplaincy and its impact on the wider community as well as the influence of Muftis and imams in enhancing the religious experience of British Muslims.
Muslim Chaplaincy Project (AHRC/ESRC)
April 2013: Is the British Weather unIslamic? Prayer times, religious representation and technology’, Shariah Project conference, Exeter University.
March 2013: Plenary paper on ‘Reflections on Islamic Education in Traditional Muslim Seminaries and British Higher Education Institutes’, Knowledge Exchange Seminar on Islam and Higher Education, Cardiff University.
September 2012: Friday prayer in prison chaplaincy, Religion and Society conference, Cambridge University, with Sophie Gilliat-Ray and Stephen Pattison.
June 2012: Comparison between UK and USA Higher education chaplains Religion and belief in higher education conference, Derby University.
February 2012: Islamic soteriology Lecture for the Cambridge Theological Federation, Cambridge.
February 2012: Theological paradigms for Muslim chaplaincy in the UK context. Faculty of Divinity research seminar, Cambridge University
January 2012: Understanding Muslim Chaplaincy. Cambridge Muslim College research seminar. CMC, Cambridge.
History and Development of the Muslim community in Britain (RTT132)
Contemporary Debates (RTT133)
CE4911: Introduction to Muhammad: His life and image in history
CE4914: Islam: Faith, belief and practice
RT1112: Introduction to religious studies (secular reasoning in Islamic theology)
RT1226: Understanding Muslim scriptures
RTT131-133: MA: Islam in Contemporary Britain