Prof. Seán McLoughlin

Prof. Seán McLoughlin

Professor of the Anthropology of Islam (Muslim Diasporas)

Tel. +44 (0)113 343 3643 Twitter @LeedsUniHajjRes

Summary: Anthropology and Sociology of Islam and Muslim Diasporas. Muslims in Britain and Europe. Migration, Diaspora, Transnationalism, Pilgrimage. Culture, Religion, Ethnicity, Identity Politics, the State.

Location: Botany House 1.05


I completed a BA (I) in Theology and Religious Studies, together with a MA in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD in Social Anthropology, all at the University of Manchester, during the 1990s. 

I was appointed as a Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Leeds in 2000. I am a past Co-Convenor and Chair of the Muslims in Britain Research Network (2003-08, 2011-14) and current Secretary of the British Association for Islamic Studies (2017-20). Click here for a full Curriculum Vitae.

My research uses fieldwork, in-depth interviews and documentary analysis to explore the dynamics of Islam and Muslim cultures in contexts of contemporary migration, diaspora and transnationalism. I have worked mainly with South Asian heritage Muslim communities in Britain and especially British Pakistanis and Kashmiris in the North of England.

Key, externally-funded research projects are as follows:

AHRC (2006-09) From Diaspora to Multi-Locality: Writing British Asian Cities

AHRC, British Museum & British Academy (2011-15) The Hajj & British Muslims: the Anthropology & Sociology of Islam in the UK

AHRC (2017-20) Bradford’s National Museum: Methods for Re-founding ‘Inter/national’ Museums Translocally.