IRCHSS - Project Grant in Theology and Religious Studies (Dec 2008 – Dec 2011)

This research project filled an important gap in academic studies on Islam in Europe by undertaking an in-depth survey and discussion of the historical evolution of the Muslim presence in Ireland, from the first wave of Muslim migrants in the 1950s until the present. A central concern of the project was to illustrate the actual diversity of the Muslim presence in Ireland, in terms of ethnic, national and cultural backgrounds, sectarian and ideological orientations and different levels of religiosity with a view to counter monolithic perceptions of Muslims in Ireland. The project also explored the various transnational links of Muslim communities and organisations in Ireland and the various ways in which they adapt to the Irish and wider European contexts.

The project was funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of An Taoiseach. Dr Oliver Scharbrodt acted as the principal investigator of the project collaborating with a team of three post-doctoral researchers, including Dr Adil Hussain Khan, Dr Vivian Ibrahim and Dr Yafa Shanneik. A book publication presenting the major results of the project is currently in preparation, while various articles and book chapters have been published or are due to be published.

For further information on the project and its research outcomes contact Dr Oliver Scharbrodt

Study of Religions Department

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