Mira Baz earned her doctorate at the University of Birmingham. Being Lebanese, she has experienced firsthand the role that religion plays in society and identity, in both constructive as well as destructive ways. Living in the Middle East allowed her to meet Western converts to Salafi Islam and to try to understand their conversion experiences. This ultimately led to her motivation to undertake doctoral research in Islam.

Her current research focuses on Islam and the Internet, the use of social media for proselytising, and online proselytism discourse. She is also interested in issues related to ex-Muslims, Muslims in the UK, British Muslim converts, conversion to Salafi Islam and identity construction.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Teaching Fellow, University of Birmingham

Education

  • 2017 
    University of Birmingham, UK, PhD, Islamic Studies