Professor Seán McLoughlin

Professor Seán McLoughlin


I completed a BA (I) 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 past Secretary of the British Association for Islamic Studies (2017-20). Click here for a full Curriculum Vitae.



  • REF2021 Unit of Assessment Leader
  • REF2021 Impact Case Study Author

Research interests

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. Key, externally-funded research projects are as follows:

AHRC, British Academy, ESRC, Research England (2011-12, 2013-14, 2018-19, 2019-20) The Hajj & British Muslims: the Anthropology & Sociology of Islam in the UK

AHRC (2017-20) Bradford’s National Museum: Methods for Re-founding ‘Inter/national’ Museums Translocally

AHRC (2006-09) From Diaspora to Multi-Locality: Writing British Asian Cities

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  • PhD Social Anthropology
  • MA Middle Eastern Studies
  • BA Theology & Religious Studies

Professional memberships

  • British Association for Islamic Studies
  • Muslims in Britain Research Network
  • British Sociological Association (Sociology of Religion Study Group)
  • British Association for the Study of Religions

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Religion and Public Life
  • Theology and Religious Studies

Current postgraduate researchers

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