MBRN Committee

The MBRN executive committee comprises the following individuals, whose appointments were ratified in March 2017.

Chair: Professor Alison Scott-Baumann (SOAS)

Alison is Professor of Society and Belief at the Centre of Islamic Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Recent publication include the book Islamic Education in Britain: new pluralist paradigms, with Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor. Alison is also Principal Investigator for the AHRC grant 2015-18 ‘Re/presenting Islam on campus’.

General Secretary: Dr Stephen H. Jones (Newman University)

Stephen is a Research Fellow at Newman University, Birmingham, and Associate Director of the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society. He is a sociologist specialising in Islam in the UK, with research interests in religion and social change, faith-based political participation, religion and education and the impact of public policy on religious organisations.

Committee Member: Yahya Birt (University of Leeds)

Yahya is a doctoral candidate and tutor at the University of Leeds. He is researching the intellectual history of postwar Muslim political activism in Britain.

Committee Member: Mobeen Butt (Muslim Museum Initiative / AYA Foundation)

Mobeen is the Founder of the Muslim Museum Initiative, which endeavours to build a virtual educational resource to explore the 1,400 year history between Britain and Islam, and the heritage of Muslims in Britain. He leads the AYA Foundation (formerly known as Asian Youth Alliance) developing and delivering culturally specific projects. He is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and a Fellow of the Ariane de Rothschild: Social Entrepreneurship and Cross Cultural Network.

Committee Member: Dr Sadek Hamid

Sadek has written widely about British Muslims, young people, religious activism and radicalisation. He is author of Sufis, Salafis and Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism (I. B. Tauris, 2016), is editor of Young British Muslims: Between Rhetoric and Realities (Routledge, 2016) and co-editor of Youth Work and Islam: a Leap of Faith for Young People (2011).

Committee Member: Ayesha Khan (Cardiff University)

Ayesha is a doctoral candidate at the Islam-UK Centre in Cardiff University. Her doctoral research explores contemporary manifestations of Sufism amongst young British Muslims. Through an interdisciplinary approach, Ayesha also aims to see how young Muslims in Britain express their understandings of ‘religion’ and ‘spirituality’.

Associate Committee Members

Dr Jawiria Naseem – Lecturer in Education & Social Justice, School of Education, University of Birmingham

George Rawlinson – Doctoral candidate, Religions and Theology, University of Manchester


Previous Committee Members have included:


Chair: Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray – Director, Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Cardiff University
General Secretary: Dr Carl Morris – Lecturer in Religion, Culture and Society, University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)
Committee Mamber: Mobeen Butt – Director, Muslim Museum Initiative
Committee Member: Chris Moses – PhD candidate and Research Associate, University of Cambridge


Chair: Dr Sean McLoughlin – University of Leeds
General Secretary: Dr Marta Bolognani – University of Leeds


Chair: Prof Ron Geaves
General Secretary: M. A. Kevin Brice
Committee Member: Dr Lucy Michael
Committee Member: Dr Marta Bolognani
Committee Member: Tamjid Mujtaba
Co-opted Committee Members:
Dr Sophie Gilliat-Ray
Dr Sean McLoughlin