Summary: Arab and Islamic history and civilization; Abrahamic faiths, theology and philosophy; Judaism and Christianity
Location: Michael Sadler Building
I completed by undergraduate degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Leeds in 2001. In the same year I commenced my MA in Qur'anic Studies and completed my studies in 2003. Between 2006-2011, I studied for a PhD in Comparative religion specifically focussing on the notion of creation from a medieval and modern perspective within the Abrahamic faiths.
Dr Shaikh is a regular media contributor who has appeared on Sky TV, BBC radio and France24. He is also a feature columnist for Spanish newspaper based in Madrid.
Medieval Jewish, Christian and Islamic theologies
Medieval Jewish Christian and Islamic philosophy
Middle Eastern History,
Islamic History and Civilization
Radical Islamist Movements
ARAB 1030 An Introduction to Arab and Islamic Civilisation
ARAB 1160 Introduction to the Middle East: Culture, Politics and Religion (Contributor)
ARAB 2190 Global Jihad: From the Taliban to ISIS.
HIST 1090 Medieval and Renaissance Europe (Contributor)
LLLC 0172 Introduction to Personal Development and Academic Skills
LLLC 1367 - Introduction to Islam
LLLC 1356 Principles of Islamic Law
LLLC 1398 Key Texts in Middle Eastern Religions
LLLC 1373 Islamic History and Civilization
LLLC 1389 Introduction to Islamic Philosophy
PhD Research Supervision
I am willing to offer PhD supervision in all areas relating to Islamic Studies, Qur'anic Studies and Comparative religion with particular reference to the Abrahamic faiths
Shaikh, A.B. (2011) Medieval and Modern Concepts of Creation in the Abrahamic Faiths, Lincom Europa.
Shaikh, A.B. (2017) Unity, Prophecy and Eschatology in the Abrahamic Traditions Noor Publications, Dusseldorf.
Contributed to Hill,D.J and Whistler D (2013) The Right to Wear Religious Symbols, Palgrave Macmillan
Chapters in Books
Raja, I.A, Shaikh, A.B. (2019) Digitalised Ethnic Press and the Representations of British Muslims in the Wake of the 7/7 Bombings: A Case Study of Passion Islam in Yu, S and Matsaganis, M. (eds) Ethnic Media in the Digital Age. Abingdon, Routledge
Shaikh, A.B. (2011) Medieval and Modern Concepts of Creation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam with reference to the tenets of faith, PhD Thesis University of Leeds
Articles in Journals
Science and Religion at the Crossroads:Conflict and Conciliation. In Journal of Inter-Disciplinary Research on Religion and Science, vol.1, issue, 9, July 2011, pp.43-61 http://mail.jirrs.org/jirrs_nr_9/07-01-jirrs9-shaikh.pdf
Raja, I, Shaikh, A,B. 5 Pillars coverage of the Manchester terror attacks (forthcoming 2018)
Oriental Neighbours:Middle Eastern Jews and Arabs in Mandatory Palestine. In Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (Forthcoming 2019).
Jews, Christians and Muslims in Medieval and Early Modern Times: A Festschrft in Honor of Mark R. Cohen, In Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (March 2017) http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/BbAi3YEftzTuEnnZeQ7f/full
Are Muslim Organisations Fit for the 21st Century
The Plight of New Muslim Reverts in the UK
The Return of the Age of the Pharaohs
The Face Coverings (Prohibition Bill) 2014 Passion Islam
The End of the Road for the EDL?
The Influence of the Biradari Caste System in the UK
Social Mobility and Its Impact on Muslims in the United Kingdom
The Disenfranchisement of the Muslim Youth
India Decides the Muslim Vote
The Future of Muslim Schools in the UK
Conferences and Talks
Islam and the Challenges Facing Muslims Summer Series Lifelong Learning Centre University of Leeds 2017
The Islamic Caliphate in a Historical Context Understanding Islam UK (UKUI) Halifax August 2016
The Evolution of the Islamic State Summer Series Lifelong Learning Centre University of Leeds 2016
Islamophobia and Muslim Communities in the UK UKUI Halifax May 2016
The Islamic Caliphate in a Historical Context Pakistan Kashmir Welfare Association (PKWA) Batley March 2016
Dialogue, Tolerance and Mutual Understanding in the Abrahamic Faiths UKUI Halifax January 2016
The Global Islamic Caliphate Explained Summer Series Lifelong Learning Centre University of Leeds 2015
Islam: Beliefs, Practices and Traditions Summer Series Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Leeds June-July 2014
The Position of Muslim Women in the UK, South Gujarat University, Surat, Gujarat, Republic of India December 2013 (Invited)
The Role of Interfaith work in the United Kingdom, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh UP December 2013 (Invited)
The Impact of Islamic Law on Modern Western Societies, University of Leeds November 2013
Islam and the Challenges of Modernity, Summer Series Lifelong Learning Centre University of Leeds, 6th June-10th July 2013
Confronting Islamphobia and Anti-Semitism: An exploration of their socio-historical and theological roots and similarities, Joseph Interfaith Foundation in conjunction with Leeds University Islamic Society, 28th November 2012.
AHRC/ESRC Workshop Religious symbols and discrimination, University of Liverpool, 25-26 May 2012
Dialogue, Tolerance and Mutual Understanding in Judeo-Christian and Islamic Traditions, Al-Hikmah Centre, Batley, November 2011.
The Qur'an Peace and Morality University of Leeds November 2003
Other Academic activities
Reviewer for ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies
LLLC Ethics committee
LLLC Admissions committee
Memberships of Organisations
Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Institute for Medieval Studies
Quills Consultancy, Diversity and Engagement, Nuneaton, Warwickshire
WJEAC A Level Religious Studies Consultant
Part of the steering committee for the new AHRC-funded network 'Philosophy and Religious Practices' project, organised by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool, Department of Theology and Philosophy and Relgious Studies at Liverpool Hope University and the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Chester
Invited by British High Commission (BHC) New Delhi India to be part of British Muslim delegation that toured Muslim institutions and universities in Surat, Vadodhara, Gujarat, New Delhi and Aligarh UP, 7th-17th December 2013.
Invited by UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 'Projecting British Muslims' delegation visit to India. The delegation visited Kerala, Deoband and New Delhi, 13th to 17th February 2012
ITV Yorkshire Calendar 'Proposed Religious Islamic Council in the United Kingdom'
Regular columnist for LaRazon newspaper Madrid Spain
France24 English The Battle for Mosul: Destruction of the Al-Nuri mosque 22nd June 2017
The Idea of the Caliphate LinkFM Sheffield April 2017
The Importance of Education in Islam IQRA TV January 2016
Al Husayn Ibn Ali Ahlulbayt TV September 2015 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw-tnPHl3ys
France 24 Palmyra Destruction of Baalshamin Temple 24th August 2015
France 24 'Syria UNESCO Palmyra world heritage site under ISIS threat' 15th May 2015
Un ejemplo para los Arabes, La Razon Internacional 30th March 2015
Interview with Sky Sports 'Cricket in the Community' Mount Cricket Club 5th May 2013
BBC Asian Network radio interview' Twenty years on from the Gujarat Riots 'February 2012
Scholars from Britain interact with Students, The Hindu, 14th February 2012
'British Muslims in state to study communal harmony, Times of India edition, 14th February 2012