Hafza rejoined the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations in 2023 as a Research Assistant following the completion of her PhD in Islamic Practical Theology at the Centre. Hafza is a member of the Centre's Faith and Peaceful Relations research group and is interested mainly in the use of lived religious experience to enhance and create significant, contextualised and topical research and theological reflection.
Since gaining her PhD in 2022, Dr Iqbal has taken on the role of Research assistant on a project led by Prof. Kristin Aune researching Christian and Muslim higher education colleges and their work and experience of interfaith dialogue. She also works in capacity of Research Fellow on an oral history project led by Prof. Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor researching the experience of Black social workers in Britain.
Dr Iqbal also holds a position of Course lead and lecturer in Islam and Pastoral care at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education where she lectures a variety of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
During her doctoral research Hafza theorised Islamic Practical Theology as an innovative epistomological framework for the study of Islam and Muslim communities. Arguing that the Islamic intellectual traditional used Practical Theology as part of its intellectual and spiritual framing, Hafza theorised using classical Islam works and articulated a framework for Islamic Practical Theology and its usage in contemporary research.
The title of her project is "Sufi Hybrids; a theorisation of Islamic Practical Theology; An exploration of Sufism in contemporary Britain". Within the project, using the epistomological framework of Practical Theology, Hafza used ethnographic methods (including auto-ethnography) to conduct insider research of the Sufi communities of Britain. Within which Hafza created a typology of Sufis of Britain, conducted interviews with Sufi practictioners and concluded that within the Sufi tradition of Britain, there was an element of religious and spiritual hybridity.
Hafza also explored the intra-religious dichotomy between the Sufi and Salafi groups, aiming to nuance the sectarian narrative that these groups are often involved with, aiming to complexify and go beyond the dichotomy.
Theology, MA, University of Birmingham
10 Sept 2015 → 10 Sept 2016
Award Date: 10 Sept 2016
Theology, Postgraduate Diploma, Diploma in Usool al-deen , Madina Institute
15 Dec 2013 → 10 Dec 2014
Award Date: 10 Dec 2014
Course Lead, Markfield Institute of Higher Education
15 Aug 2023 → …
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