Ovamir Anjum is the author of the article “Who Wants the Caliphate?” published in 2019 at Yaqeen Institute which serves as the provocation for this project. He is professor and endowed chair of Islamic studies in the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Toledo, co-editor of the American Journal of Islam and Society (previously known as the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences), and recently appointed editor-in-chief for the review board the Yaqeen Institute. His areas of research include Islamic history, theology, political thought, and history broadly. His publications include Politics, Law, and Community in Islamic Thought: The Taymiyyan Moment (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and Ranks of Divine Seekers: Translation of Ibn al-Qayyim’s Madarij al-Salikin(Brill, 2020), first two of four volumes. His selected publications can be accessed at https://utoledo.academia.edu/OvamirAnjum



Uthman Badar is a student of Arabic, the Islamic Sciences, and Continental Philosophy. He is currently in the late stages of a PhD in Philosophy at Western Sydney University, centred on a critique of the conception of secularity and the legitimation of secularism. He is also an active member of the Muslim community in Sydney, Australia with over fifteen years engagment in grassroots Islamic activism and apologetics, as well considerable engagement with mainstream Australian print, radio, and television media. 





Hanaa Aisha Hasan is a researcher in International Development with a regional specialisation in the Middle East. She holds a BSc in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. An Associate Researcher at Ayaan Institute, her interests include the impact of the neoliberal turn, employment trends in the Muslim world and Islamic economic theory. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the Qarawiyyin Project – an initiative dedicated to reviving Islamic discourse amongst Muslim women. She regularly speaks at community events and universities in the UK on topics related to women in the Islamic tradition and challenges for Muslim communities in the West.


Hamdija Begovic is a Bosnian-Swedish doctoral student at Södertörn University, Stockholm. His dissertation is on the ideological legacy of Alija Izetbegovic within contemporary Bosnian politics, and his interests include Muslim engagement with and resistance to Western modernity.

Jonathan Brown is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He received his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2006. Dr. Brown has studied and conducted research in countries such as Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, South Africa, India, Indonesia and Iran. His book publications include The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon (Brill, 2007); Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Oneworld, 2009; expanded edition 2017); Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011), which was selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys Bookshelf; Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy (Oneworld, 2014), which was named one of the top books on religion in 2014 by the Independent; and Slavery and Islam (Oneworld, 2019). He has published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, Salafism, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry and is the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. Dr. Brown’s current research interests include Islamic legal reform and a translation of Sahih al-Bukhari. He is also the Director of Research at the Yaqeen Institute. 

Sadek Hamid has held teaching and research positions at the universities of Chester, Liverpool Hope, Cambridge Muslim College, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and currently works within the international NGO sector. He has been actively engaged in Muslim communities for more than 30 years and prior to transitioning to academia was a Youth & Community Development professional. He has written extensively on Muslim young people, Islamic activism, religion, politics and public policy. Some of his published research papers can be downloaded at: https://oxford.academia.edu/DrSadekHamid and journalistic articles for The New Arab are available at: https://english.alaraby.co.uk/author/66345/sadek-hamid. He is author of Sufis, Salafis and Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism, (I. B. Tauris, 2016), co-author of British Muslims: New Directions in Islamic Thought, Creativity and Activism, (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), editor of Young British MuslimsBetween Rhetoric and Realities  (Routledge, 2016), co-editor of Youth Work and Islam: A Leap of Faith for Young People (Sense, 2011) and Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context (Syracuse University Press, 2018). 

Ali Harfouch has a Masters in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut. He researches and writes on Islamic political theology and modern political theory. 

Kamal Hussain completed his BA in Arabic and MA in Near & Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS.  He is currently in the final stages of his PhD Thesis on Minority Fiqh at SOAS. He was an associate lecturer from 2007 to 2015 at Birkbeck, university of London teaching Islamic jurisprudence and other Islamic studies subjects on the undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has lectured on Islamic Law and Criminal Justice on the LLB course.  He was a lecturer in Islamic law at the Muslim College, London. He has also worked as a Arabic translator for a number of years translating various fiqhi and other Islamic texts. He is a solicitor and currently runs a law firm in London. His research interests are Minority Fiqh and constitutional law.

Joseph J. Kaminski received his PhD in Political Science from Purdue University in 2014 and currently is an Associate Professor affiliated with both the Political Science and International Relations Departments at the International University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His current research interests include, Religion and Politics, Comparative Political Theory, and New Approaches to Islamic Public Reason. He also is the author of The Contemporary Islamic Governed State: A Reconceptualization (Palgrave, 2017) and Islam, Liberalism, and Ontology: A Critical Re-evaluation (Routledge, 2021). A more complete list of his scholarly outputs can be found at: https://ir.ius.edu.ba/people/joseph-jon-kaminski 

Hafsa Kanjwal is an assistant professor of history at Lafayette College. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan in History and Women’s Studies. Her research is on the history of modern Kashmir. She has written and spoken on Kashmir for a variety of news outlets including The Washington Post, Al Jazeera English, and the BBC.

Ibrahim Moiz is a student of international relations and history. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto where he also conducted research on conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has written for both academia and media on politics and political actors in the Muslim world.

SherAli Tareen is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin and Marshall College. He received his PhD in Religious Studies from Duke University in 2021. His research focuses on Muslim intellectual traditions and debates in early modern and modern South Asia. He has also written extensively on the interaction of Islam and secularism. His book  Defending Muhammad in Modernity (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020) received the American Institute of Pakistan Studies 2020 Book Prize and was selected as a finalist for the 2021 American Academy of Religion Book Award. He is currently completing his second book called “The Promise and Peril of Hindu-Muslim Friendship.” His other academic publications and talks are available here. Tareen also co-hosts the popular scholarly podcast New Books in Islamic Studies

Alex Thurston is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati. His research focuses on Islamic thought and activism in West Africa. His most recent book is Jihadists of North Africa and the Sahel (Cambridge, 2020). He blogs on and off at Sahel Blog (sahelblog.wordpress.com).

Mobeen Vaid is a Muslim public intellectual and writer. A contributing writer for muslimmatters.org, his writings center on how traditional Islamic norms and frames of thinking intersect the modern world. In recent years, he has focused on Islamic sexual and gender norms. Vaid also speaks at confessional conferences, serves as an advisor to Muslim college students, and was campus minister for the Muslim community at George Mason University. He has reviewed The Study Qur’an for the Journal of Islamic Sciences and published “Can Islam Accommodate Homosexual Acts? Qur’anic Revisionism and the Case of Scott Kugle” for the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS).

Fadi Zatari is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) and a lecturer in political science and International Relations at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University since 2017. He received his PhD in Civilization Studies from Alliance of Civilizations Institute at Ibn Haldun University. Also, he holds a masters’ degree in international studies from Birzeit University, and a masters’ degree in political theory from the University of Frankfurt. He received his bachelors’ degree in political science from Al-Quds University.  He is fluent in Arabic, German, English and Turkish. 

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