I studied Comparative Religion, Islamic Studies and Philosophy at the University of Bonn in Germany and completed my graduate studies and research in London, obtaining my MA and PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies. I was involved in establishing the first Study of Religions Department in the Republic of Ireland at University College Cork and was the founding director of the Chester Centre for Islamic Studies at the University of Chester.
I joined the Department of Theology and Religion as Professor of Islamic Studies in September 2017.
I am the editor-in-chief of the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe (Leiden: Brill), an annual publication series founded by Jorgen S. Nielsen. The Yearbook of Muslims in Europe is an essential resource for analysis of Europe's dynamic Muslim populations. Featuring up-to-date research from forty-six European countries, the reports provide cumulative knowledge of on-going trends and developments around Muslims in different European countries.
I am also an elected member of the council of the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS), a new academic association bringing British and international researchers together in all fields of Islamic Studies.
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