Professor Humayun Ansari

Professor Humayun AnsariProfessor Humayun Ansari is Professor of the History of Islam and Cultural Diversity, Department of History, and Director of the Centre for Minority Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London.   He has conducted research and provided consultancy and training in the field of ethnic minority issues and equal opportunities for a range of organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including government departments and agencies, the health sector, the police, the probation service, further and higher education, and within industry and commerce. He has also acted as adviser on ethnic minority issues to the Chief Constable of Hampshire Police, to the Judicial Studies Board, and as a consultant to the National Police Staff College at Bramshill. He has provided briefings to senior policy-makers at the Home Office, the Cabinet Office and the Crown Prosecution Service, and in 2004 was appointed Special Advisor on the Parliamentary Home Affairs Committee on Terrorism and Community Relation. He has lectured at the Royal United Services Institute, the Defence Academy and the Security Service and has contributed extensively to local, national and international print and broadcast media. 

Professor Ansari is a historian of Islam and ethnic minorities in the West. His academic research embraces ethnicity, identity, migration, multiculturalism, Islam in the West, Islamism and Islamophobia. He has written extensively on the subject of cultural diversity and cross-cultural issues, Muslims in South Asia and Western societies. His publications include ‘The Infidel Within', Muslims in Britain Since 1800, ‘Attitudes Among British Muslims to Jihad, Martyrdom and Terrorism’,   ‘Between Collaboration & Resistance: Muslim Soldiers’ Identities and Loyalties in the two World Wars’, The Making of the East London Mosque, 1910-1951, ‘The Muslim World in British Historical Imaginations: “Re-thinking Orientalism”?’, and From the Far Right to the Mainstream: Islamophobia in Party Politics and the Media.

With colleagues at the Open University Professor Ansari is currently part of an AHRC-funded project, ‘Religion in London’, and is working with community groups belonging to London’s diverse religious population. 

For his 2012 Radio 3 programme on the history of mosques in Britain, please click here|

For his 2010 inaugural lecture, please click here|.


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