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


Chair: Dr Shuruq Naguib, University of Lancaster

Discipline: Islamic Studies

Academic Interests: Islamic Law, ritual studies, gender and sexuality, Qur'ānic commentary.

For more information about Shuruq please click HERE.



Secretary: Professor Seán McLoughlin, University of Leeds

Discipline: Anthropology and Sociology of Islam and Muslim Diasporas

Academic Interests: Religion, ethnicity, diaspora, identity. All aspects of the Muslim (and the South Asian heritage) presence in Britain. Ethnography of contemporary Muslim societies.

For more information about Seán please 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.

For more information about Omar please click HERE.



Events Officer: currently vacant 



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

For more information about Usaama please click HERE.