Former BRAIS Officers

The successes of BRAIS are based on the contributions of current and former officers, as well as those serving in other capacities.  This page recognises former officers for their services to BRAIS, which are much appreciated.


Former Events Officer: Dr Feriel Bouhafa, University of Cambridge

Discipline: Islamic Studies

Academic Interests: Islamic/Arabic philosophy, Averroes and Farabi, Natural Justice and Natural Law

For more information about Feriel please click HERE.

Term of Service: 2018 - September 2020



Former Co-Chair: Dr Ayman Shihadeh, SOAS, University of London

Discipline: Medieval Intellectual History

Academic Interests: Ayman is an intellectual historian specialising in medieval philosophy and theology.

For more information about Ayman please click HERE.

Term of Service: April 2018 - April 2019


Former Secretary: Professor Hugh Goddard, University of Edinburgh

Discipline: Islamic Studies

Academic Interests: Hugh has worked extensively on Christian-Muslim relations in diverse periods and regions.

For more information about Hugh please click HERE.

Term of Service: April 2014 - April 2017


Former Treasurer: Dr Saeko Yazaki, University of Glasgow

Discipline: Theology and Religious Studies

Academic Interests: Mystical and epistemological dimensions of religion, Muslim-Jewish relations, Comparison between monotheistic and non-monotheistic faiths, Theories and practices in Sufism, Shinto and Buddhism, Concept of purification in belief, Doubts in faith, Methodological issues in religious studies.

For more information about Saeko please click HERE.

Term of Service: April 2014 - April 2018


Former Web Officer: Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor, Coventry University

Discipline: Sociology

Academic Interests: Sariya has worked on the sociology of British Muslims, with a particular focus on lived experience.

For more information about Sariya please click HERE.

Term of Service: April 2014 - April 2017