Royal Holloway University of London is acknowledged worldwide for pioneering research across all disciplines of humanities and social sciences. Privileged by a distinguished pool of affiliated scholars and faculty members from across the college, and empowered by long-lasting partnerships in Higher Education, Institutes, and NGOs in the West Asia, CIWAS has become a destination for those prospective researchers and students who would like to pursue their research on Islam, Islamic societies, and West Asian communities at the highest standard.

Ajnura Akbas

Ajnura holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Bosnia. She is currently researching the emergence of Islamic feminist theology in post-conflict societies focusing on post-war Bosnia and post-revolutionary Iran.

Joseph Hammond

Joseph’s research at CIWAS focuses on the role of religion in iranian soft power in Africa. More specifically, he examines the growing influence of Iranian religious institutions on the continent.

Alexander Hawkins

Alexander is a History graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science. At CIWAS, he seeks to delve into the inner workings of the British government and diplomatic relations with its allies, regarding the invasion and eventual break-up of the Ottoman Empire during and after World War I.

Mohammad Nasravi

Mohammad was awarded his BA in Persian language and literature and MA in theoretical linguistics in Iran. His research at CIWAS focuses on studying utopian functions of pilgrimages in Shi’i Islam and Christianity.

Laiqah Osman

Laiqah is a BA History graduate from Royal Holloway. At the centre, she explores how Islamic media changed the traditional relationship between truth-seeker and preacher with the focus on the changing relationship between Islamic authority and British Muslims.

Fatemeh Sobhi

Fatemeh has finished her BA  in Al-Zahra University in Tehran and got her MA in English Literature from Dalarna University in Sweden. Her research at Royal Holloway focused on Imam Sajjad’s Rights Treatise and how it could compete with and even supersede modern versions of human rights declaration.