Aminul Hoque (writer)

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Aminul Hoque

Native name
আমিনুল হক
BornJuly 1977
Sylhet district, Chittagong Division, Bangladesh
OccupationLecturer, writer, freelance journalist, broadcaster
Alma materUniversity of Sussex
SubjectYoung people, cultural identity
Notable awardsPhilip Lawrence Award
Years active2004–present

Aminul Hoque, MBE (Bengali: আমিনুল হক) is a Bangladeshi-born British lecturer and writer.

Early life[edit]

Hoque was born to a Bengali Muslim family in the village of Bagir Ghat in Golapganj Upazila, Sylhet, Bangladesh. Hoque's father had been living and working in Britain since the early 1960s so the rest of his family joined him in 1980.[1]

Hoque grew up in a predominantly Bangladeshi neighbourhood in Tower Hamlets. His early memories were of extreme poverty, overcrowding and experiencing racism. Hoque graduated from the University of Sussex.[1] He completed two degrees and a PhD.[2]


Since October 2008, Hoque has been a lecturer in the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths, and a visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University.[3]

Hoque's writing and work focuses on issues of multicultural Britain, identity, social justice, youth policy, religion and race relations.[4] In 2015, his book British-Islamic Identity: Third-generation Bangladeshis from East London was published.[5][6][7]

In February 2015, he contributed in a discussion regarding the three British schoolgirls from Bethnal Green Academy who left home to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on BBC Radio Scotland[8] and BBC Radio 4.[9] In the same month, he spoke at the London Festival of Education, hosted by the Institute of Education.[4] In April of the same year, he was interviewed by Nihal on BBC Asian Network.[10] In May of the same year, he contributed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.[11] In July 2015, he was interviewed by Nadia Ali on BBC Asian Network about his Ramadan memories and the British Bangladeshi community.[10]

Hoque's background is in youth, community and voluntary work. He is an expert in young people and cultural identity.[4] Most of his community work is in Tower Hamlets.[7] Hoque is also a freelance journalist and broadcaster.[7] In 2020, he hosted an episode of A Very British History focusing on Bangladeshi emigration to the United Kingdom from the 1960s onwards.[12]

Hoque served as a trustee on the board of Royal Museums Greenwich from 2016 to 2021. The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, vetoed his reappointment for a second term in 2021. The chair of the board, Charles Dunstone, resigned in protest at the government's failure to reappoint Hoque.[13][14] Hoque said that he was "shocked, disappointed and baffled" at Dowden's veto against his reappointment.[13]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2008, Hoque was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours for his services to youth justice in East London. In 2005, he received a Philip Lawrence Award. In 2004, his radio documentary Islamic Pride was shortlisted for the Sony Awards.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Hoque is a Muslim[2] He has three children.[1] He is a Manchester United Football Club fan.[2]


  • Hoque, Aminul. (January 2005). Long-Distance Nationalism: a Study of the Bagir Ghati Community Living in East London.
  • Hoque, Aminul. (2015). British-Islamic Identity: Third-generation Bangladeshis from East London. London: Trentham Books. 978-1-85856-603-0.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Hoque, Aminul (15 November 2013). "I'm a British Bangladeshi Muslim academic: it's about confidence". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Hotseat: Islam expert Aminul Hoque". Newsround. BBC News. 28 January 2005. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  3. ^ "British-Islamic identity of East End teens explored in new book". Goldsmiths news. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Dr Aminul Hoque". London Festival of Education 2015. February 2015. Archived from the original on 1 June 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  5. ^ "British-Islamic Identity: Third-generation Bangladeshis from East London Paperback". 27 February 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  6. ^ Mohua, Mafruha (28 May 2015). "British-Islamic Identity: Third-Generation Bangladeshis from East London, by Aminul Hoque". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d Brooke, Mike (24 March 2015). "Lecturer delves into lives and identity of 'British Islamic' East End teenagers". London: East London Advertiser. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  8. ^ "23/02/2015". Newsdrive. BBC Radio Scotland. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  9. ^ "23/02/2015". World at One. BBC Radio 4. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  10. ^ a b "21/04/2015". BBC Asian Network. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  11. ^ "06/03/2015". Today. BBC Radio 4. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  12. ^ Kalia, Ammar (26 February 2020). "TV tonight: an intimate look at life for Britain's Bengali families". The Guardian.
  13. ^ a b Clea Skopeliti (1 May 2021). "Academic who backed 'decolonising' curriculum dropped from museum board". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  14. ^ Harris, Gareth (3 May 2021), "UK culture war heats up as arts professionals question veto of trustee appointment at Royal Museums Greenwich", The Arts Newspaper, retrieved 4 May 2021

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