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Mr Bulbul Siddiqi 

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Position:PhD Religious and Theological Studies

Academic History

I completed BSS and MSS  in Anthropology from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. I then studied MA in Global Citizenship, Identities, and Human Rights at the University of Nottingham in 2007. I started PhD at Cardiff University in 2008. I am also associated with the Research Group on the Body, Health and Religion (BAHAR), at the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University.

PhD Research

Working Title: The Tablighi Jamaat in Bangladesh and UK: An Ethnographic Study of an Islamic Reform Movement

The aim of my research is to provide an ethnographic account of the Tablighi Jamaat, a transnational Islamic reform movement. The word tabligh means the transmission of a message or revelation. In contemporary usage, it is interchangeable with dawah (propagation of the faith). Jamaat means a group of people. Tablighi Jamaat is a preaching group who invites people to strengthen their faith. The key areas of my research are to look on to the spiritual Journey, ijtema (annual congregation of Tablighi Jamaat in Tongi near Dhaka), gender role of Tablighi Jamaat, and the role of Tablighi Jamaat on the formation of global Muslim identity focusing on the case of Bangladesh and the UK.

Start Date: 2008

First Supervisor: Prof. Geoffrey Samuel

Second Supervisor: Dr. Santi Rozario


(2012) Reconfiguring the gender relation: The case of the Tablighi Jamaat in Bangladesh, in Culture and Religion: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 13 (2), pp. 177-192.

(2010) ‘Purification of Self’: Ijtema As a New Islamic Pilgrimage, European Journal of Economic and Political Studies, 3(SI), Special Issue, pp. 133-150. ISSN 1 307 6000

Additional Information

Research Assistant: (2008-2011),School of History, Archaeology, and Religion, Cardiff University, 'The Challenge of Islam: Young Bangladeshis, Marriage and the Family in Bangladesh and the UK'.

(2011 ) Love and Marriage: Case of the Tablighi Jama’at and Young Bangladeshi, Paper presented at the conference on ‘Islam, Love and Marriage: New Choices for  a New World, Jointly organized by the World Religion, Dhaka University and the BAHAR, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK 7th January.

(2010) Marriage, Partnership and ‘Islamic Life’: Case of British Bangladeshi Youth, Paper presented at the ESRC Conference, Finding Muslim Partners, Building Islamic Lives: Young South Asian Muslims at Home and in the Diaspora, Cardiff, 5-7 Nov.

(2010) The Tablighi Jamaat in Bangladesh: An Ethnographic Study of an Islamic Reform Movement, Presented at ‘Methodological challenges in doctoral research on religion, Regent's Park College, Oxford, UK, 8 May,

(2010) The Tablighi Jamaat in Bangladesh and the UK: An Ethnographic Study of an Islamic Reform Movement, paper presented at the Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 11 February.

(2009) Tablighi Jamaat in the UK: Searching for the Global Muslim Identity, paper presented at the Postgraduate Conference on Exile and Migration by SAGE and School of Languages, Linguistics and Culture, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 11 June.

(2009) Discipline and the Islamic Movement: Case of Tablighi Jamaat in the UK and Bangladesh, paper presented at the Control Conference, Cardiff University, Cardiff UK, 25-26 June.

Areas of interest: Anthropology, Anthropology of Religion, Citizenship and Identity, Civil Society and NGOs, Globalisation, Migration, Development, Islamic Movement, Tablighi Jamaat.