Female Muslim Leaders in Britain: Transnational Publics and Changing Forms of Leadership and Authority

April 2015 – Jan 2017 (moved to another instution for remaining year)
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The project focuses on female Muslim leaders in Britain, including scholars, activists and intellectuals. Based on 10-12 months of ethnographic fieldwork, it explores how individual leaders establish and maintain authority across a range of transnational public spaces, and the extent to which they are reconfiguring structures of Islamic authority, which are largely male dominated, in Britain and beyond. This study contributes to the dearth of work on the informal public roles of Muslim female leaders in Europe. It also forms a substantial contribution to the social scientific literature on public religion, transnationalism, authority, and leadership.

Principal Investigator

Giulia Liberatore


The Leverhulme Trust
The John Fell Fund