Religion as a Changing Category of Muslim Practice: One day work-shop

Date and time

24 May 2019 09:00 to 17:30


Pembroke College, Oxford, OX1 1DW

This workshop will focus on ‘religion’ as a changing category in modern Muslim practice.  Participants are invited to share case studies from their research as a basis for discussion of the possible insights to be gained by bringing critical approaches to the category ‘religion’ to bear on our study of Islam. 

The aim of the meeting is to support and encourage such fledgling studies, sharing both methods and findings in order to identify: effective methodologies; a useful conceptual vocabulary; common patterns among diverse case studies; degrees of variation across contexts; and potential new avenues for research. To this end, participation will be open both to researchers already focusing on these themes and those interested in exploring these aspects of their empirical work further.

To register for your place, please click here.

Organisers: Dr Alex Henley ( is a Marie Curie Fellow at Oxford’s Faculty of Theology & Religion, a Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, and a tutor at Mansfield College.  Nabeelah Jaffer ( is a DPhil candidate in Oxford’s Faculty of Theology & Religion.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS) and Pembroke College, Oxford.  It is held in conjunction with the Research Network ‘Categories of Religion and the Secular in Islam’ (CRSI). The aim of the CRSI Network is to create a space to foster a new sub-field at the intersection of critical theory in Religion and Islamic Studies.