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Prof Sophie Gilliat-Ray 


2013  Understanding Muslim Chaplaincy (with S. Pattison and M. Ali), Ashgate

Forthcoming, 2013  Muslim Childhood (with J. Scourfield, A. Khan and S. Otri), Oxford University Press

2010  Muslims in Britain: an Introduction, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.xvii + 318, ISBN 0 521830065, URL:

2000  Religion in Higher Education: The Politics of the Multi-Faith Campus, Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. xiii + 199, ISBN 0 7546 1562 6

1998 Religion in Prison: Equal Rites in a Multi-faith Society, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (with Professor James Beckford), pp. xiv + 232, ISBN 0 521 62246 8, URL:

Journal Articles

2013  Faith as social capital: The early history of migration and settlement of Muslims in Cardiff, 1930 to present (with J. Mellor), Ethnic and Racial Studies ,

2013  Religious nurture in British Muslim families: Implications for social work, (with J. Scourfield, R. Warden, A. Khan, and S.Otri), International Social Work, vol. 56 (3): 326-342

2012  Britain’s Religious Tribunals: ‘Joint Governance’ in Practice, (with R. Sandberg, G. Douglas, and N. Doe) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, doi: 10.1093/ojls/gqs031

2012  Reflections on qualitative research with Muslim families (with A. Khan, J. Scourfield, and S. Otri), Fieldwork in Religion, 7(1): 48-69

2012  The role of religious tribunals in regulating marriage and divorce, (with G. Douglas, A. Khan, N. Doe, and R. Sandberg), Child and Family Law Quarterly, vol. 24:2: 139-157

2012  Reflections on qualitative research with Muslim families (with A. Khan, J. Scourfield, and S. Otri), Fieldwork in Religion, (forthcoming)

2012  Intergenerational Transmission of Islam in England and Wales: Evidence from the Citizenship Survey, (J. Scourfield, C. Taylor, G. Moore, and S. Gilliat), Sociology, 46(1): 91-108

2011   Marriage and Divorce in Religious Courts: a case study, (with G. Douglas, A. Khan, N. Doe, and R. Sandberg), Family Law, 41 (September): 956-961

2011  ‘Being There’: Shadowing a British Muslim Hospital Chaplain’, Qualitative Research, vol. 11(5): 469-486

2011  ‘Are British Muslims ‘green’?  A survey of British Muslim Environmental Activism (with M. Bryant), Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 5(3): 284-306

2010  ‘Bodyworks and Fieldwork: research with British Muslim chaplains’, Culture and Religion, 11(4): 413-432

2010  ‘Bilad al-Welsh (Land of the Welsh): Muslims in Cardiff, South Wales - past, present, and future’ (with J. Mellor), The Muslim World, 100(4): 452-475

2010 ‘The First Registered Mosque in the UK, Cardiff, 1860’: the evolution of a myth.  Contemporary Islam, 4 (2): 179-193

2006  ‘Educating the Ulama: Centres of Islamic Religious Training in Britain’.  Islam and Christian-            Muslim Relations, 17(1): 55-76

2005  Closed worlds: (not) accessing Deobandi dar ul-uloom in Britain’, Fieldwork in Religion, 1(1): 7-33

2005  ‘The use of “sacred” space in public institutions: a case study of worship facilities at the Millennium             Dome’.  Culture and Religion 6(2): 281-302

2005   ‘Sacralising’ sacred space in public institutions: a case study of the Prayer Space at the Millennium Dome.  Journal of Contemporary Religion, 20(3): 357-372

2005  ‘Fieldwork Projects in the Sociology of Religion and the Development of Employability Skills: findings from a small-scale study’, Discourse, vol 4(2): 120-135

2004 ‘The Trouble with ‘Inclusion’: a case study of the Faith Zone at the Millennium Dome’, The Sociological Review, 52(4): 459-477

2003   ‘Nursing, Professionalism and Spirituality’, Journal of Contemporary Religion, 18(3):335-349

2003  ‘Ministerial Formation in a Multi-Faith Society’, Teaching Theology and Religion, 6(1):9-17

2001 The Fate of the Anglican Clergy and the class of ’97: some implications of the changing sociological profile of ordinands’, Journal of Contemporary Religion 16 (2):209-225

1999  ‘Civic Religion in England: Traditions and Transformations’, Journal of Contemporary Religion, 14 (2): 233-244

1998   ‘Multiculturalism and Identity: their relationship for British Muslims’, Journal – Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, 18 (2): 347-354.

1997  ‘Muslim Youth Organisations in Britain: a descriptive analysis’, The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, 14(1): 99-111.

Chapters in edited books

2013  ‘Islam in the UK’, Oxford Handbook of Islam in Europe, in J. Cesari, (ed), Oxford University Press

2013  ‘The Ethics and Politics of Fieldwork’, in How to Research Religion: Putting Methods Into Practice, in Woodhead, L. (ed.) Oxford University Press

2012  ‘Social, Cultural and Religious Issues Related to Genetic Diseases Among the Bangladeshis in the UK’,  in Kumar, D. (ed.),  Genomics and Health in the Developing World, Oxford: Oxford University Press (with S. Rozario)

2012   ‘The Growth of Religious Diversity: Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and Muslim Settlements’, in Religion and Change in Modern Britain, in Woodhead, L. And Catto, R., (eds.), London: Routledge, (with Bluck, R., Graham, D., Singh, G, and Zavos, J). 

2012  ‘Muslim Chaplains: working at the interface of ‘public’ and ‘private’, in Ahmad, W. and Sardar, Z (eds.), in ‘Britain's Muslims, Muslim Britain: Making Social and Political Space’ London: Routledge (with M. Mansur Ali)

2011  ‘A mosque too far?  Islam and the limits of British Multiculturalism’, in Allievi, S. (ed.), Mosques in Europe: why a solution has become a problem, London: Alliance Publishing Trust, pp.135-152 (with Jonathan Birt).

2008  ‘From ‘Visiting Minister’ to ‘Muslim Chaplain’: the growth of Muslim chaplaincy in Britain, 1970-2007’, in Barker, E. & Richardson, J. (eds.), The Centrality of Religion in Social Life, Aldershot: Ashgate

2002  ‘Invitation and Enculturation: the dissemination and development of Islam in contemporary societies’, in Wolffe, J. (ed.), Global Religious Movements in Regional Context, Milton Keynes: Open University Press/Aldershot:Ashgate

2001  ‘Sociological perspectives on the care of minority faiths’ in Orchard, H. (ed), Spirituality in Health Care Contexts, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 135-146

2001 ‘The Sociology of Religious Specialists’ in Smelser, N. and Baltes, P (eds.), International Encyclopaedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences, Surrey: Elsevier Science Ltd.  Vol. 19:13132-6

1999   ‘Religion in 1998’ in Contemporary Britain, London: Institute of Contemporary British History

1999  ‘Religion in 1997’, in Contemporary Britain, London: Institute of Contemporary British History.

1999  ‘Rediscovering Islam: a Muslim journey of faith’ in Lamb, C. and Bryant, D. (eds.), Religious Conversion: Contemporary Practices and Controversies, London: Cassell, pp.315-332

1999  ‘Sector Ministry in a Sociological Perspective’ in Legood, G. (ed.), Chaplaincy – The Church’s Sector Ministries, London: Cassell, pp.25-37

1998  ‘Back to Basics: The Place of Islam in the Self-Identity of Young British Muslims’ in Clarke, P. (ed.), New Trends and Movements in the World of Islam, London: Luzak Oriental, pp. 93-103

Other publications/writing and non-refereed articles

2010  British Muslims: dis/unity in diversity, Sociology Review (A’level sociology magazine), volume 20, no. 2

2007  Genetics, Religion and Identity: a study of British Bangladeshis (with Santi Rozario), Cardiff University School of Social Sciences Working Paper 93, ISBN: 9781904815648, pp.105

2007  ‘Muslims in Britain: a brief overview’ – in Engaging Women in Mosques and Community Centres, Cardiff: Muslim Council of Wales, pp. 2-6

2005  ‘Islam and Muslims in Wales’, Agenda, (Institute of Contemporary Welsh Affairs), December.

2003  ‘“Breaking down the classroom walls”: Innovative Teaching and Learning Methods in Religious Studies and Theology - some perspectives from the University of Wales’ PRS-LTSN Journal 2(2):200-210

2002  ‘Inter faith activity in higher education: miracles that don’t make news’, World Faiths Encounter, no.31, (March), pp.31-39

2002  ‘“No place called home”: Re-imagining Muslim identity and belonging’, Muslim World Book Review, 22(4): 5-15

2002  ‘Islam in European Societies’, Muslim World Book Review, 22(2):5-15

2001  ‘Islam in Britain’, The Daily Telegraph, 15th November (part of 16-page supplement)

2000  ‘Being a Study Group Convenor’, Network (Newsletter of the British Sociological Association), no. 76 (May), pp.25

1999  Higher Education and Student Religious Identity, Exeter: University of Exeter in association with the Inter Faith Network for the UK, pp. vii + 92, ISBN 1 871 597013

1998  ‘Struggle, Interpretation and Dialogue’, World Faiths Encounter, 21: 48-53

Higher Education and Student Religious Identity, Report (unpublished) for the Inter Faith Network for the UK, pp. v + 266

1998  ‘English Cathedrals and Civic Rituals’, Theology, CI (801):179-188.

1998   ‘Comparing and Contrasting Minority Experiences: Christians in Pakistan and Muslims in Britain’, Encounters, 3(2): 175-183.

1997  ‘Religious Studies at the University of Warwick’, BASR Bulletin, No.80, pp.11-16.

1996    ‘Dealing with tragedy through inter-faith’, in Dialogue (Newsletter of the Public Affairs Committee for Shi’a Muslims, London), March, pp.2.

The Church of England and Other Faiths in a Multi-faith Society, (with Professor James Beckford) - Report to the Church of England and the Leverhulme Trust, pp. ix + 520

The Church of England and Other Faiths in a Multi-faith Society, (with Professor James Beckford) Warwick Working Papers in Sociology, Number 21, pp. 53, ISBN 0947829 17 2

‘Inter-faith initiatives tackle aftermath of 25 Cromwell Street’, in Faith Interaction - Newsletter of the Inner Cities Religious Council, Issue 6, (June) pp.6.

‘The prison chaplaincy - the Church of England and Other Faiths Project’ (with Professor James Beckford) in AmBOV Quarterly, 60, April, pp.16-17

‘Prison Chaplaincy and “other faiths”’, Newsheet of the National Advisory Council of Boards of Visitors,2, (with Professor James Beckford), pp.6

1995  ‘The Church of England and Other Faith Communities in a Multi-Faith Society, in World Faiths Encounter, No.10, (with Professor James Beckford)

1995    ‘The life and work of Brother Roger of Taizé' Theology, XCVIII (784): 289-296

1994  ‘Safar-e-Justujoo’ in Tarjuman-ul-Qur’an, (Lahore, Pakistan) February, 120(2): 61-74 (subsequently re-printed in Urdu Digest, Pakistan,)

‘Encounters and Confrontations: a review of some recent literature on Islam’, World Faiths Encounter, 7: 57-62.

‘Advertising as a Pseudo-religion', Media Development, January, pp.29-31.

1993  ‘Islamic and Buddhist Doctrines of Personhood: Some Reflections for Interfaith Dialogue', World Faiths Encounter, 6:28-32.

‘Multi-faith Worship: Some Issues and Controversies', World Faiths Encounter, 4: 17-22.

1992   ‘Dialogue at Bendorf', World Faiths Encounter, 2:31-34

‘Divine Health Warning: adverts can damage your sense of religion', Media Development, May, pp.42-44.               


2005, Muslims in the Enlarged Europe: Religion and Society (Brigitte Maréchal, Stefano Allievi, Felice Dassetto, Jørgen Nielsen), Leiden: Brill, 2003, for The Muslim World Book Review, 25(2): 51-53

2004, Muslim Women in the United Kingdom and Beyond: Experiences and Images (Haifaa Jawad & Tansin Benn, eds.), Leiden: Brill, 2003, for Journal of Contemporary Religion 19(1): 111-112

2003, Understanding Fundamentalism: Christian, Islamic and Jewish Movements (Richard Antoun), Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2001, for The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 20(1): 125-128

2003, Muslim Europe or Euro-Islam: Politics, Culture, and Citizenship in the Age of Globalisation (Nezar AlSayyad & Manuel Castells, eds.) Oxford: Lexington Books2002, for The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 20(2): 130-132

2003, Muslim Minorities in the West: Visible and Invisible (Yvonne Haddad & Jane Smith, eds.) Oxford: AltaMira Press, 2002, for The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 20(3-4): 196-198

2002, Challenging Time: the Churches’ Millennium Experience (Stephen Lynas), London: Churches Together in England, 2001, for World Faiths Encounter, 32(July): 62-3

2002, Religion, Health and Suffering (John Hinnells & Roy Porter, eds.) London: Kegan Paul International, 1999, for Mental Health, Religion and Culture 5(1): 104-106

2002, Law and Religion in Contemporary Society: Communities, Individualism and the State, Peter W Edge and Graham Harvey eds.), Aldershot: Ashgate 2000, for World Faiths Encounter, 32(July): 61-2

2002, Religion, Theology and the Human Sciences (Richard H. Roberts), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002, for Journal of Contemporary Religion, 17(3): 375-6

2001, Religion as a Chain of Memory (Danièle Hervieu-Léger), Oxford: Polity Press, 2000, for the Journal of Contemporary Religion, 16(1): 125-6)

2001, Religion in English Everyday Life: An Ethnographic Approach, (Timothy Jenkins), Oxford: Berghahn Books 1999, for World Faiths Encounter, no. 28, July, pp. 64-5

2001, The Making of Them: the British Attitude to Children and the Boarding School System (Nick Duffell) London: Lone Arrow Press, 2000, for International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 6(1): 113-128

2000, The Future of Religion: Postmodern Perspectives – Essays in Honour of Ninian Smart (Christopher Lamb & Dan Cohn-Sherbok, eds.) Middlesex: Middlesex University Press, 1999, for the Journal of Contemporary Religion 15(2): 276-277

1999, Encyclopaedia of Religion and Society (William H. Swatos Jr., ed.) London: AltaMira Press, 1998, for Journal of Contemporary Religion 14(2): 303-304

1999, Islam in Transition: Religion and Identity among British Pakistani Youth,  (Jessica Jacobson), London: LSE/Routledge, 1998, and, Muslim European Youth: Reproducing Ethnicity, Religion and Culture, (Steven Vertovec and Alisdair Rogers, eds.) Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 1998, for Muslim World Book Review, for Muslim World Book Review, 19(Spr): 32-36

1999, Freedom of Religion and Belief: a World Report, (Kevin Boyle and Juliet Sheen), London: Routledge, 1997, for BASR Bulletin, no.88, November 1999, pp.44-5

1999, Religion in the Twenty-first Century, (Mary Pat Fisher) & Islam (Jamal Elias) London: Routledge, 1999, for World Faiths Encounter, no. 23, July, pp.58-9

1998, Muhammad: a short biography (Martin Forward), Oxford: Oneworld, 1997, for Muslim World Book Review, 18(Winter): 16-17

1998, Women in Religion (Jean Holm & John Bowker, eds.) London: Pinter Publishers, 1994, for Muslim World Book Review, 19 (Spr): 39-40

1998, Christian-Muslim Dialogue in the Twentieth Century, (Ataullah Siddiqui) Basingstoke:Macmillan Press (UK) and St. Martins Press, Inc., (USA), 1997, for Muslim World Book Review, 18(Spr): 37-9

1998, Religious Truth for our Time’ (William Montgomery Watt), Oxford: Oneworld, 1995, for World Faiths Encounter, no.19, March, pp. 63-4

1997, The Rainbow of Faiths, (John Hick), SCM Press, London, 1995, for Muslim World Book Review, 18(Autumn): 24-5

1996, Voices of Islam, (John Bowker), Oxford: Oneworld, 1995, for World Faiths Encounter, no. 15, November, pp. 56-7

1995, Britannia’s Crescent: Making a Place for Muslims in British Society, (Danièle Joly) Aldershot: Avebury, 1995, for World Faiths Encounter, no. 12, November, pp. 62-3

1994, The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality? (John Esposito), Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1992, for World Faiths Encounter, no.8, July, pp. 76-7

1994, What is Scripture?  A comparative Approach (Wilfred Cantwell Smith) London: SCM, 1993, for Journal, Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, 14(1-2): 240-244

1997, Rúmí - poet and mystic, (Reynold Nicholson), Oxford: Oneworld, 1995 &  Rabi’a - the life and work of Rabi’a and other women mystics in Islam, (Margaret Smith), Oxford: Oneworld, 1994, for World Faiths Encounter, no. 17, March, pp. 60-61

1995, Ultimate Visions: Reflections on the Religions We Choose, (Martin Forward), Oxford: Oneworld, 1995, for World Faiths Encounter, no. 17, July, pp. 58-60

1995, A Student's Approach to World Religions – Islam, (Victor Watton) London: Hodder & Stoughton; 1993, for World Religions in Education, Shap Journal of Religious Education 1994/5, pp.70

1994, Muslims - Their Religious Beliefs and Practices Volume 2: The Contemporary Period, (Andrew Rippin) London: Routledge, 1993, for World Faiths Encounter, no.9, November, pp.72-3

1993, Christ in Islam and Christianity: the representation of Jesus in the Qur'an and the Classical Muslim Commentaries (Neal Robinson), Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1991, World Faiths Encounter, no. 4, March, pp. 70-1

1993, Attitudes to Islam (BBC Education Video), for World Faiths Encounter, no. 10, March, pp. 74-5

1993, Guidelines for Dialogue Between Christians and Muslims – Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue, London: Paulist Press, 1990, for World Faiths Encounter, no. 5, July, pp. 79

1992 The Separated Ones: Jesus, the Pharisees and Islam, (Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood) London: S.C.M. 1991, for The Muslim News, 5th June 1992, no. 39, p6

1992, Towards a Spiritual Humanism: a Muslim-Humanist Dialogue (Hasan Askari & Jon Avery).  London: Seven Mirrors Publishing Ltd., 1991, for World Faiths Encounter, no 2, pp.60-61