» Dr Timothy Winter Aziz Foundation Professor in Islamic Studies & Dean
Cambridge Muslim College was the original vision of Abdal Hakim Murad, who continues to oversee and contribute to its work. Abdal Hakim was educated at Cambridge, Al-Azhar and London universities. He is currently the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer of Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University and Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College. He has published and contributed to numerous academic works on Islam, including as Director of the Sunna Project, and is a leading figure in inter-faith activity, notably as one of the signatories to the Common Word statement. He is well-known as a contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’.
» Dr Atif Imtiaz Academic Director
Atif Imtiaz is the Academic Director at the Cambridge Muslim College. He has a PhD in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics on ‘Identity and the Politics of Representation: The Case of Muslim Youth in Bradford’. He has worked as an Equality and Diversity manager at NHS Bradford and Airedale, advised Bradford Council on integration and advised the British government on deradicalisation. He has also published a book on British Muslims called Wandering Lonely in a Crowd.
» Sohail Hanif Lecturer in Islamic Studies
Sohail Hanif works on Islamic legal theory, with a focus on the Ḥanafī school of law. He received a Master’s degree in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford, where he is currently completing his DPhil. His DPhil thesis, A Theory of Early Classical Ḥanafism: Legal Epistemology in the Hidāyah of Burhān al-Dīn ‘Alī ibn Abī Bakr al-Marghīnānī (d. 593/1197), studies the interplay of rationality and tradition in a major work of legal commentary. Sohail has also spent over a decade in Jordan where he studied a full curriculum of Islamic sciences with traditional ‘ulamā’. He was previously Head of Arabic Sciences at Qasid Arabic institute in Amman, an instructor in Islamic studies at Qibla online academy, and has taught undergraduate classes on Modern Islam and Qur’anic studies at the University of Oxford. He has also served as Head of Research and Development at the National Zakat Foundation.
» Najah NadiAziz Foundation Lecturer in Islamic Studies
Najah Nadi is graduating from the University of Oxford with a doctoral thesis titled Theorising the Relationship between Kalām and Uṣūl al-Fiqh: the Legal–Theological Hermeneutics of Saʿd al-Dīn al-Taftāzānī (d. 792/1390). Najah holds an M.A. in Religious and Theological Studies from Boston University and a B.A. in Islamic studies from al-Azhar University. She completed several years of traditional training at al-Azhar Mosque’s reading-circles, receiving ijāzāt in Shāfi’ī fiqh (jurisprudence), uṣūl al-fiqh (legal theory), ‘ilm al- kalām (philosophical theology) and manṭiq (logic). Her research interests include: the history and development of Islamic law and legal theories; fatwas and fatwa institutions; Islamic intellectual history; logic and dialectics; professional ethics and exegesis of the Qur’ān. She has contributed to academic and professional projects covering some of these interests. Najah has been a junior fellow at the Holberg seminar on Islamic history at Princeton University since 2015.
» Yasser Qureshy Lecturer in Islamic Studies
Yasser’s research interests rest in two main areas: the tradition referred to as the ma’qūlāt (Islamic rational sciences), focussing on the related disciplines of ‘ilm al-kalām (philosophical theology), uṣūl al-fiqh (legal theory), Manṭiq (Logic), and falsafa (Islamic/Arabic philosophy). His second area of interest is the western philosophical tradition, focussing mainly on areas in Metaphysics, Logic, and the history of Medieval and Modern Philosophy. After undergraduate studies in Philosophy, Yasser read for a M.A in medieval Arabic thought and is currently completing a PhD in Philosophical Theology at the University of Cambridge, with a thesis titled The Onto-Epistemology of the Beatific Vision in the Classical Ash‘arī School. In addition, Yasser has spent more than a decade studying the Islamic intellectual tradition – privately with scholars, as well as in traditional seminary settings – in Damascus and Istanbul. He has previously held the inaugural fellowship in Islamic Theology at ISAR Foundation, Istanbul; was Faculty Lecturer in Islamic Theology at the University of Istanbul, and continues to supervise undergraduate students for the Faculties of Philosophy and Divinity at the University of Cambridge.
» Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra Student Mentor & Chaplain
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra serves as a scholar and imam in Leicester and is a visiting imam to the University of Leicester and De Montfort University. He is a member of the World Faiths Advisory Group at the University of Leicester and is the Muslim chaplain to Canary Wharf in London. Shaykh Mogra has been trained in classical theology and the traditional sciences of Islam. He holds religious credentials from Dar al-`Ulum, Holcombe, U.K. as well as advanced theological qualifications from the Al-Azhar University in Cairo. In addition, he has undertaken a postgraduate degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Shaykh Mogra has been at the forefront in deepening inter faith and community relations in the UK and around the world. He is a member of the Christian Muslim Forum, Religions for Peace UK, the European Council of Religious Leaders, the World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Three Faiths Forum. He is also a Faculty member at St. George’s College in Jerusalem.
» Graham McCulloch OBE Operations Director
Graham took up the new role of Operations Director in January 2017. Previously, he worked for 25 years at the British Council in six countries in the Middle East and North Africa, first as Manager of the English language teaching centres then as Country Director. His last post was Global Head of Teaching based at the British Council’s headquarters in London. In his early career, Graham qualified as a teacher of English with a teaching diploma and MA, and taught both in the UK and overseas for International House, Bell Education Trust, and Eurocentres. Currently, Graham is also Chairman of the British Moroccan Society.
» Zainab Kabba External Programmes Officer
Zainab is a PhD candidate in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford. Prior to her doctoral research, Zainab was an Assistant Director in the Department of Global Education at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind the television programme Sesame Street. She managed the development of educational content and research for television programming and classroom resources for community outreach initiatives for the Workshop’s co-productions in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. She has a BS in Information Systems from Stony Brook University, New York, and an MA in Computing in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. At CMC, Zainab develops and manages educational programmes for the local community, external organizations and international partners.
» Mustafa Edge College Coordinator
Mustafa deals with all aspects of administration at the College. He has a BA in Humanities, specialising in the History of Religion. As well as being a qualified English Language Teacher, Mustafa has worked as a Peace Worker in Bosnia and the UK. He has lived and taught in Saudi Arabia and enjoys travelling.
» Gillian Herbert Part-time College Coordinator
Gillian has a BA in Modern Languages from Oxford University and has worked for a number of years in education – both in schools and for teacher training organisations.
» Amara Siddique Part-time College Coordinator
Amara currently works part-time as college co-ordinator with Gillian Herbert. She has a BA in Social Sciences and Psychology and an MSc in Health Psychology. She has had various posts within administration and as a research assistant within academic settings. Amara joins us after a two and a half year career break of full time motherhood. Email: email@example.com
» Nabila Winter Women's Officer
Nabila Winter’s role involves providing support and pastoral care to the women students on the Diploma programme. She has a degree in Arabic from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, and has spent many years in voluntary and youth work.
In addition, the College supports two Research Fellowships each year. Click here for details of our Research Fellows past and present.