MBRN Committee

The MBRN executive committee comprises the following individuals, who were elected in January 2014.

Chair: Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray (Cardiff University)
Sophie Gilliat-Ray is Professor of Religious Studies at Cardiff University, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK. Most recent publications include Muslim Childhood (with J. Scourfield, A. Khan, and S. Otri), Oxford University Press, 2013, and Understanding Muslim Chaplaincy (with M. Ali and S. Pattison), Ashgate, 2013. Sophie has been a member of the MBRN since 1994, and has organised regular meetings in Cardiff over the last 10 years.

General Secretary: Dr Carl Morris (University of Central Lancashire)
Carl Morris is a lecturer for the Religion, Culture and Society programme at the University of Central Lancashire. His doctorate research focused on Muslim musicians in Britain, examining issues relating to religious authority, spirituality, globalisation and cultural production.

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.

Chris Moses (Cambridge University)
Chris is a PhD student in Social Anthropology of Religion at Cambridge University. His doctoral research explores Islamic institutions in relation to the categories of civil society and the public sphere. Chris also teaches at Cambridge University Divinity Faculty.