The Team

New Horizons in British Islam would not be what it is without the hard work of our dedicated team.

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Soraya Farrag

Research and Development Consultant

After completing an MSc in Public Policy and Administration at London School of Economics, Soraya was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue an MFA in Film and Media Production in the US. She went on to work as a freelance film producer, producing 12 short films including In Girum Imus Nocte, which won an IndieFEST Film Award, 2016. She then joined Bupa Care Services as a Financial Administrator and Head of Administration. She has since worked as an External Research Assistant on projects related to radicalisation and Islam in Europe, gender issues in Muslim communities and integration of Muslims in European societies.

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Rabiha Hannan


While studying for an MA in Muslim Community Studies, Rabiha specialised in gender issues and pluralism. She is coordinator of The Respect Programme, an online resource for secondary schools, and co-edited the book 'Islam and the Veil' (Continuum, 2011). A pharmacist by training, she has been Vice-Chair and Chair of the Leicester Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education, and was part of the Implementation Group which led to the formation of the National Christian-Muslim Forum. In 2014 she gained an award for her work in interfaith work. Follow her on Twitter @Rabiha_NH

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Dilwar Hussain


With research interests in social policy, Muslim identity and Islamic reform in the modern world, Dilwar is a research fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, University of Coventry, a Trustee of the Three Faiths Forum (3FF) and Vice-Chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. He was Head of the Policy Research Centre (2007-2013), a commissioner at the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) (2006-2007) and served on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Urban Life and Faith (2005 – 2006). Follow him on Twitter @DilwarH

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Naved Siddiqi


A social scientist and trainer, Naved is currently a consultant researcher at the Woolf Institute and is a longstanding board member of the Islamic Society of Britain. Naved was a research fellow of the Policy Research Centre, specialising in policy concerns on civil issues and faith. He has contributed to several key publications by major research institutions. Naved was tutored in theology and in Islamic social and political history by the late Professor Zaki Badawi.