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Biography

I joined King’s as Lecturer in Religion and Social Science Education in September 2018, having also completed my postgraduate studies here – I was awarded my doctorate in the sociology of religion in 2015. Before coming to King’s, I was a research officer at Inform, contributing research on new religious movements, particularly those associated with Islam and Judaism. Before that, I was Associate Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Kent and a research intern at the William Temple Foundation.

I embarked on an academic career after having spent several years in my native Malaysia working in human rights advocacy, journalism, music, and theatre. I continue to balance my academic scholarship with more creative and community-based efforts in Britain and Malaysia. 

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Religion, gender, and sexuality
  • Religion, ethnicity, and nationalism
  • Representations of religion in art and popular culture
  • Religious innovation and hybridity
  • Contemporary movements and trends in Islam and Christianity in Malaysia and Britain

Teaching

I teach an introductory undergraduate module in the sociology of religion, as well as second-year modules that apply a social scientific perspective to the phenomenon of ‘lived religion’ and the role of religion in international relations. I also supervise undergraduate dissertations, contributing my interests and expertise in the sociology and anthropology of religion. 

Expertise and public engagement

I am a co-deputy editor of Critical Muslim, a quarterly publication of ideas and issues showcasing ground-breaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world. I commission, edit and contribute articles on a variety of topics, including on Muslim vegetarians/vegans, fashion, geo-politics, music and art, and belief in the supernatural.

As an editor of Critical Muslim and a Fellow of the Muslim Institute, I am also regularly invited to speak at and moderate many panel discussions, notably at the annual Bradford Literature Festival.

Finally, I have contributed research to Inform, which is housed in the Department, on new religious movements, particularly those associated with Islam and Judaism. Some of my research culminated in my published articles as a resource for the Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements.

Publications

  • The Making of a Gay Muslim: Religion, Sexuality and Identity in Malaysia and Britain, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2018).
  • ‘Constructing an Alternative Pedagogy of Islam: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Muslims’, Journal of Beliefs & Values 37 (3): 308–19 (2016)
  • ‘The Malaysian Dilemma: Negotiating Sexual Diversity in a Muslim-Majority Commonwealth State’, in Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth, edited by Corinne Lennox and Matthew Waites, 261–85. London: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London (2013)