• 12 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
20132020
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Personal profile

Research Interests

Muslim Women; British Islam; Islamic Feminisms; Digital Methodologies; Religion or Belief Diversity; ‘Non-religious’ beliefs in Britain

Biography

 

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor is a Feminist Sociologist of Religion. Her research focuses on the lived experiences of religion or belief in modern Britain, with particular emphasis on Islam, Muslim women's experiences of faith, inter-faith relations and democratic methodologies that seek to work with and for research participants. She has previous worked at the Universities of Derby and Gloucestershire.

She completed her fully-funded PhD at the University of Gloucestershire in 2010. Her doctoral research entailed a feminist giving of voice to young Muslim women in Britain. She began her post-doctoral career at the University of Derby as Project Researcher and Qualitative Lead on a three-year AHRC and ESRC Religion and Society programme project, Religion and Belief, Discrimination and Equality in England and Wales: Theory, Policy and Practice, 2000-2010. She subsequently led her own ESRC funded project on Collaborative Partnerships between Muslim institutions and HE.

 

Her recent research projects include:

“Caring for the Muslim Elderly in Britain: An Initial Scoping of Existing Provision and Community Needs in the Midlands”

Penny Appeal Research Investment (2018-ongoing)

Grant Awarded: £25,000

Principal Investigator: Dr Sariya C-C directing a team consisting of two Research Assistants

 

“Amongst the last to leave: Understanding the Journeys of Muslim Children in the Care System in the Midlands”

DFE funded research project (2016-2018)

Grant Awarded: £31,850

Principal Investigator: Dr Sariya C-C directing a team consisting of Co-Investigator and two Research Assistants

 

“Magna Carta 1215 to the present day: Charting the development of legal frameworks around the Freedom of Religion or Belief in the United Kingdom”

Baroness Berridge’s Freedom Declared Foundation (2018)

Honorarium: £1500

Principal Investigator: Dr Sariya C-C

 

“Muslim Women in Britain c. 1890 to 1948: Historical Grounding for Modern Debates”

British Academy and Leverhulme Trust funded small grant (2016-2018)

Grant Awarded: £9222

Principal Investigator: Dr Sariya C-C assisted by a Research Assistant

 

“Re/presenting Islam on campus: gender, radicalisation and interreligious understanding in British higher education”.

AHRC Standard Research Grant (2016-2018)

Grant Awarded: £568,727

Principal Investigator: Professor Alison Scott-Baumann, Research Fellow: Dr Sariya C-C, two Co- Investigators, post-doctoral research assistant and project co-ordinator

 

“Collaborative partnerships between universities and Muslim institutions: dismantling the roadblocks”.

ESRC funded ‘Follow-on’ Project (2012-2013)

Grant Awarded: £76,296

Principal Investigator: Dr Sariya C-C directing a team consisting of Co- Investigator and Project Co-ordinator

 

“Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion”

ESRC Digital Social research (DSR) Award and University of Derby match funding (2012-2013)

Grant Awarded: c. £5000

Principal Investigator: Dr Sariya C-C tractor directing a team consisting of Co- Investigator and Project Co-ordinator

 

“Religion & Belief, Discrimination & Equality in England and Wales: Theory, Policy and Practice (2000 - 2010)”.

AHRC/ESRC ‘Religion and Society’ Programme Large Grant (2010-2013)

Grant Awarded: £399,946

Principal Investigator: Professor Paul Weller, Postdoctoral Project Researcher: Dr Sariya C-C, two Co- Investigators and Project Administrator

 

“Review of Muslim Faith Leader Training in Britain”

Department of Communities and Local Government Review Project (2008-2010)

Grant Awarded: £159,850

Principal Investigator: Professor Alison Scott-Baumann, Research Assistant: Dr Sariya C-C, Co- Investigator and Community Researchers

 

She is supervising the following doctoral students and welcomes expressions of interest from potential future students:

Ola Alkhanout who is researching how zakat may be used humanitarian purposes and peacebuilding, focusing on Qatar as a case study

Jennifer Verson who is exploring how performance may be used for inter-faith peace-building

Meryem Abdelhafid who is studying the lived experiences of Algerian women in Britain

Hafza Iqbal who is looking into lived experiences of Sufism in Britain

Samra Mursaleen who is critically examining the impact in Britain of Pakistani Muslim Scholar Dr Tahir Ul Qadri's scholarship

 

Area of Expertise: Islam in Britain, Islamic Feminism, Muslim women, Muslim movements, Sufism, Lived Religion, Digital Methodologies and Inter-faith Relations in Britain

Vision Statement

I am inspired by the everyday lives, experiences and conversations of people. In our society, popular metanarratives around immigration, radicalisation and austerity seem to suggest that our communities are ‘broken’. Yet in examining the everyday, it seems that ordinary people are contributing much more to the resilience of British communities than media narratives would have us believe – they are not just fostering tolerance of the different other, but are establishing relationships of respect, trust and equality. As a sociologist specialising in the study of lived religion, I believe it is imperative to examine the issues and problems that underpin the disconnections within our societies. But I believe it is probably even more important to uncover what communities and individuals are already doing to find shared space, common values and practical solutions. At CTPSR, I hope to be able to do this - to find solutions and to recognise the good practice within our communities, to replicate this in policy and practice, and to thus advance social justice and equality in Coventry, Britain and beyond.

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology of Religion, University of Gloucestershire

20072010

External positions

Visiting Fellow, Advanced Centre for Women's Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Keywords

  • BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
  • Islam in Britain
  • Muslim Women
  • Islamic Feminism
  • Sufism
  • Lived Religion
  • HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
  • Muslim Women
  • Islamic Feminism
  • Children in Care
  • Adoption
  • Foster Care

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Projects 2018 2020

Research Output 2013 2020

  • 12 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 5 Chapter
  • 4 Article
  • 1 Anthology or Edited Book
  • 1 Book

The Politics of Being Muslim and Female: Religion, Feminism and Hierarchies of Knowledge

Cheruvallil-Contractor, S., 2020, Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics. 3 ed. Routledge, Vol. (In-press). p. (In-press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

feminism
Muslim
Religion
politics
political theory
Religion
spirituality
group discussion
evidence
Negation
religious freedom
Muslim
human rights
foreignness
morality
17 Downloads (Pure)

Religious organizations and the impact of human rights and equality laws in England and Wales

Purdam, K., Cheruvallil-Contractor, S., Ghanea, N. & Weller, P., 2017, In : Politics, Religion and Ideology. 18, 1, p. 73-88 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Wales
England
Organizations
Religion
Legislation

An Islamic perspective: what does Islam offer to the contemporary debate

Scott-Baumann, A. & Cheruvallil-Contractor, S., 2016, The Universities we Need: Theological perspectives on the universities needed for today’s world.. Heap, S. (ed.). Aldershot: Ashgate, p. 124-142

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

World Religions
Religious Texts
History
Islam

Activities 2014 2017

  • 11 Participation in conference
  • 2 Visiting an external academic institution

Fourth Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (Speaker)
12 Apr 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (Visiting researcher)
4 Aug 20177 Aug 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Muslims in Britain Research Network Day Seminar

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (Speaker)
2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Faith in the Care System

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (Organising Committee)
2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (Visiting researcher)
1 Aug 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution