Abdul-Bashid Shaikh


I completed by undergraduate degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Leeds in 2001. In the same year I commenced my MA in  Qur'anic Studies and completed my studies in 2003.

Between 2006-2011, I studied for a PhD in Comparative religion specifically focussing on the notion of creation from a medieval and modern perspective within the Abrahamic faiths.

I am a regular media contributor who has appeared on Sky TV,  BBC radio and France24. I am also a feature columnist for Spanish newspaper based in Madrid.


  • Teaching Fellow in Islamic Studies at the University of Leeds Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Leeds for Life Personal Tutor

Research interests



Shaikh, A.B. (2017) Unity, Prophecy and Eschatology in the Abrahamic Traditions Noor Publications, Dusseldorf. 

Shaikh, A.B. (2011) ‘Medieval and Modern Concepts of Creation in the Abrahamic Faiths’, Lincom Europa Munchen Germany ISBN 9783862880966. LINCOM Cultural Studies 06. 302pp.

Unpublished Works 

Shaikh, A.B. (2011) Medieval and Modern Concepts of Creation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam with reference to the tenets of faith, PhD Thesis University of Leeds 

Book Contributions

Contributed to Hill, D.J and Whistler D (2013) The Right to Wear Religious Symbols, Palgrave Macmillan  


Shaikh A.B. 2011) Science and Religion at the Crossroads: Conflict and Conciliation. In Journal of Interdisciplinary Research on Religion and Science, volume 1, issue 9, (University of IASI, Romania), pp.43-61.

Raja, I, Dowson, R. Shaikh,A.B, Al-Hadary, T. (2021) A Discussion of Relevant Religious Teachings from Islam and Christianity to the Covid19 Crisis. International Journal of Religion. Volume 2, number 1, pp.71-86

Al-Otaibi, N, Cohen, I, Dowson, R, Raja, I, Shaikh, A.B. (2021 forthcoming) Religious Festivals in the Age of “Lockdown” and “Social Distancing”: A Comparative Study of Easter, Passover, Rama Navami, Vaisakhi and Eid, in Pandemics and Tourism: The Impacts of Epidemics and Virus Outbreaks in the 21st Century (under consideration)

Raja, I.A, Shaikh, A.B. (2021) British Muslims and the Rise of Ethnic Media in the Digital Age. A Case Study of 5Pillars. In Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research (under consideration).

Chapters in Books

Raja, I.A, Shaikh, A.B. (2019) Digitalised Ethnic Press and the Representations of British Muslims in the Wake of the 7/7 Bombings: The Case Study of Passion Islam in Yu, S and Matsaganis, M. (eds) Ethnic Media in the Digital Age. Abingdon, Routledge, Part 1, Chapter 5, pp.57-65.

Shaikh, A.B. (2021) Experiencing Ramadhan in a Covid19 World. Bloomsbury Academic Publishers (forthcoming).

Book Reviews

Shaikh, A, (2017) Oriental Neighbours: Middle Eastern Jews and Arabs in Mandatory Palestine. In Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 18:3, 390-391, DOI: 10.1080/14725886.2019.1626058

Shaikh, A (2019) Jews, Christians and Muslims in Medieval and Early Modern Times: A Festschrft in Honor of Mark R. Cohen, In Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (March 2017) http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/BbAi3YEftzTuEnnZeQ7f/full


Conferences and Talks

The Global Islamic Caliphate Explained Summer Series Lifelong Learning Centre University of Leeds 2015 

Islam: Beliefs, Practices and Traditions Summer Series Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Leeds June-July 2014

The Position of Muslim Women in the UK, South Gujarat University, Surat, Gujarat, Republic of India December 2013 (Invited)

The Role of Interfaith work in the United Kingdom, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh UP December 2013 (Invited

The Impact of Islamic Law on Modern Western Societies, University of Leeds November 2013

Islam and the Challenges of Modernity, Summer Series Lifelong Learning Centre  University of Leeds, 6th June-10th July 2013 

Confronting Anti-Semitism & Islamophobia: an exploration of their socio-historic and theological roots & similarities', Joseph Interfaith Foundation in conjunction with Leeds University Islamic Society, 28th November 2012.

AHRC/ESRC Workshop Religious Symbols and Discrimination, University of Liverpool, 25-26th May 2012.

Dialogue, Tolerance and Mutual Understanding in Judeo-Christian and Islamic Traditions’ University of Leeds Lifelong Learning Centre Al-Hikmah Centre, Batley, November 2011.

The Qur’ān: Peace and Morality. Paper presented at the conference analysed the concept of creation and the presentation of this theme in the Bible and the Qur’ān, University of Leeds, December 2003.


Memberships of Organisations

Secretary of North Kirklees Interfaith Council  (2012-2015)

Consultancy Work

Consultant at Quills Consultancy (Diversity, Engagement and Funding), Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

Collaborative Partnerships

Part of the steering committee for the new AHRC-funded network, ‘Philosophy and Religious Practices’ organised by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool, the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Chester and the Department of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University in partnership with local religious organisations.

Additional Information

Foreign and Commonwealth Office ‘Projecting British Muslims’ Delegation to India 13th-- 17th February 2012. I visited Calicut and New Delhi as part of UK Muslim delegation to foster co-operation and mutual dialogue with Muslims in India.

Media Interaction

Batley Grammar School and the Prophet Muhammad Cartoon Controversy (Interviews appeared in Press Association, BBC, ITV, Independent) and across global media news outlets in print, online and broadcast media.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5XNOJvq-Pg 5 Pillars media March 2021

https://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2021-03-25/batley-grammar-school-staff-member-suspended-as-parents-protest-use-of-prophet-muhammed-caricature ITV March 2021

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-56524850 BBC news website March 2021

Tommy Robinson and the editor: how a newspaper sows division where Jo Cox died

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/sep/02/batley-and-spen-local-paper-editor-danny-lockwood-divides-jo-cox-town-anti-muslim-views September 2nd 2018

France 24  'Syria UNESCO Palmyra world heritage site under ISIS threat' 15th May 2015 La Razon Internacional 15th May 2015.

Un ejemplo para los Arabes, La Razon Internacional 30th March 2015

Interview with Sky Sports 'Cricket in the Community' Mount Cricket Club 5th May 2013 

BBC Asian Network radio interview' Twenty years on from the Gujarat Riots 'February 2012

 Scholars from Britain interact with Students, The Hindu, 14th February 2012

'British Muslims in state to study communal harmony, Times of India edition, 14th February 2012

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  • BA Arabic and Islamic Studies
  • MA Islamic Studies
  • PhD Abrahamic Religions

Professional memberships

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Student education

2010- ARAB 1030 (Introduction to Arab/Islamic Civilisation)

2011 -ARAB 1170 Studying the Middle East: Culture, Politics, Religions and Societies ( co-teach on module with colleagues)

2016- ARAB 2190 Global Jihad: From Taliban to ISIS (Co-Taught module)

2019- MODL 3110  Final Year Project

2019- MODL 3300  Dissertation

2019-2021 ARAB 5005M Dissertation in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

2019-2020 ARAB 5060M Debating the Middle East

2020- ARAB 1150 Early and Medieval Islamic History.


Research groups and institutes

  • Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Arabic
  • Conflict
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