I am interested in Muslim women's involvement in violent religious politics, specifically Islam. My work examines the ways in which gendered jihadi narratives motivate and enfranchise, and how they combine with everyday experiences of living and politics. I also examine how counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation programmes impact on religious women’s rights and Muslim communities. I am currently finishing a volume on gender and anti-radicalisation measures worldwide, as well as working on articles looking at gender in the Utopian and apocalyptic visions of the Islamic state group, Daesh.
I am delighted to have joined Birmingham University’s Department of Theology and Religion in January 2016. Before then, I was a lecturer at King’s College London. I took up that post in 2008 after teaching at the Open University and the University of Southampton. I completed my PhD in 2005 on the comparative politics of the Islamisation of Muslim women’s rights in the UK, Malaysia and Egypt.
–present Lecturer in Islamic Studies, University of Birmingham
2008–2016 Lecturer, King's College London