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Seán McLoughlin

Professor of the Anthropology of Islam, University of Leeds

I completed a BA Hons. (Ist Class) in Theology and Religious Studies, together with a MA in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD in Social Anthropology, all at the University of Manchester, during the 1990s. I was appointed as a Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Leeds in 2000. I am a past Co-Convenor and Chair of the Muslims in Britain Research Network (2003-08, 2011-14) and current Secretary of the British Association for Islamic Studies (2017-20).

My research uses fieldwork, in-depth interviews and documentary analysis to explore the dynamics of Islam and Muslim cultures in contexts of contemporary migration, diaspora and transnationalism. I have worked mainly with South Asian heritage Muslim communities in Britain and especially British Pakistanis and Kashmiris in the North of England.

My expertise includes: Anthropology and Sociology of Islam and Muslim Diasporas. Muslims in Britain and Europe. Migration, Diaspora, Transnationalism, Pilgrimage. Culture, Religion, Ethnicity, Identity Politics, the State.


  • –present
    Professor of the Anthropology of Islam, University of Leeds


  • 1997 
    University of Manchester, PhD Social Anthropology