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I am a scholar based in Perth, Scotland with research interests in the areas of religious and cultural diversity, race, decolonisation, and contemporary society. I am also very interested in the changing landscape of higher eduction, academic life, and the sharing of knowledge.
I am currently teaching at the Universities of Glasgow and Stirling, and I am associated with the Ronin Institute.
I am a social anthropologist by training (at the London School of Economics and the University of Edinburgh) but I have worked in the study of religion and culture for most of my professional career: at the University of Glasgow, King’s College London, the University of Stirling, and at the Al-Maktoum College, Dundee, and I was Honorary Professor of Multiculturalism at the University of Aberdeen from 2004-2012.
I have authored three books:
- Religion the Basics (with Routledge), which I am currently revising for a third edition in 2015
- Multiculturalism and Minority Religions in Britain in 2001
- A Place for our Gods in 1996
I co-authored with a colleague (Abd al-Fattah El-Awaisi) a report titled Time for Change on teaching and research in Islamic Studies in UK universities.
I have been editor of the journal Culture and Religion since its foundation in 2000, which is published four times per year by Routledge.
I have become increasingly interested in the changing nature of academic publishing and communication. A substantial transformation is taking place that is slowly having a significant impact on how academics can present their work to various audiences. Although the idea of the academic as a public intellectual is by no means new, there are definitely new opportunities for academics to engage positively with new audiences. My aim is to develop in this direction, making use of new media as well as I can.