BRAIS is managed by a group of elected Officers based at leading Higher and Further Education institutions across the UK.


Incoming Chair: Dr Fozia Bora (University of Leeds)

Discipline: Islamic History/Historiography

Academic Interests: Arabic history and historiography, Arabic archives, Islamicate book cultures, Arabic codicology, Islam and gender, medieval Islamic institutions of learning, history of the modern Middle East.

To learn more about about Dr Bora's work click HERE.


Secretary and Interim Chair: Mr Tom Lea

Position: General Manager, Alwaleed Centre (University of Edinburgh) 

To learn more about about Tom's work click HERE.


Treasurer and Membership Officer: Dr Omar Anchassi, University of Edinburgh

Discipline: Islamic Studies

Academic Interests: Islamic Law (formative to modern periods), particularly questions of violence, gender and sexuality, Islamic intellectual history in the modern period, Qur'anic commentary.

To learn more about about Dr Anchassi's work click HERE.



Equality and Diversity Officer: Dr Alyaa Ebbiary, SOAS

Discipline: Social Anthropology

Academic Interests: Islamic education, Muslim religious training institutions, knowledge transmission in Muslim communities.

To learn more about about Dr Ebbiary's work click HERE.



Communications Officer: Dr Usaama al-Azami, University of Oxford

Discipline: Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Academic Interests: Islam and politics, modern Islamic political thought, Islamic law, Islamic intellectual history

To learn more about about Dr al-Azami's work click HERE.