Message from the incoming MBRN Executive Committee

Following the recent MBRN elections, the new committee – Sophie Gilliat-Ray (MBRN Chair), Carl Morris (MBRN General Secretary), Chris Moses (MBRN Committee Member) and Mobeen Butt (MBRN Committee Member) – would like to begin by thanking both Séan and Marta for their hard work and contribution to MBRN over the past three years. Their tenure ended on a high note at the BRAIS conference in Edinburgh, where MBRN successfully organised three well-attended and interesting panels.

Since the Executive Committee exists to serve MBRN members, we would like to take this opportunity to ask you all how you think the network should develop. Please do not hesitate to send any ideas in our direction.

At the moment, our plans to develop the network are as follows:

  • To revert to a mailing list environment where emailing is instantaneous; so that members can immediately share their recent research and activities, ask questions about research issues, put ideas forward for evaluation, and participate in discussions. We would like to encourage an environment where ideas and collaborations flourish.
  • To develop social media use; specifically, to make better use of our Facebook page and start up a Twitter account. These would disseminate information about events and publications, and would also attract others to connect with the Network.
  • To encourage not just academics and researchers to get involved, but also more figures involved within Muslim communities, such as imams, mosque trustees, leaders of Muslim organisations, Muslim activists, youth and community practitioners, and teachers, in order to facilitate meaningful two-way interaction between practice and research.
  • To overhaul our website to a more user-friendly version.

Members are most welcome to approach committee members with any ideas they might have for developing the network, or if you would like to host an MBRN meeting at your institution. We look forward to hearing from you.

For now, a date for your diaries: the next MBRN meeting will be on September 10th, in Cardiff. It will be combined with a seminar organised by students at the Cardiff University Islam-UK Centre, which will explore methodological issues within the study of Muslims in Britain. More details to follow.