Dilwar Hussain

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Dilwar Hussain (born 25 December 1970) is a British academic and independent consultant working on social policy, Muslim identity and Islamic reform in the modern world. He formerly taught MA courses on Islam and Muslims at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education.[1]


Hussain, a British Bangladeshi, studied at King's College London, graduating in 1993. He completed a Master of Philosophy in religious studies from the University of Wales, Lampeter in 1999.

Dilwar is founding Chair of New Horizons in British Islam, a charity that works on Muslim identity, integration and reform; Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, University of Coventry and Lecturer at the University of Leicester.

He teaches courses on Islam in contemporary society and has a number of published works in the field. He has worked in academic research, policy consultancy and training for over fifteen years, delivering contracts for private sector groups as well as various government departments. His recent research and advisory work includes: Literature Review for the Casey Report on Integration (2016); a report on the Somali Diaspora in Leicester for the Open Society Foundation (2014); a report on Muslims in Leicester for the Open Society Foundation (2010); Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Inquiry on Prevent (2010); Consultant to the Cambridge-Azhar Imams Training Project, Cambridge University and FCO; steering group of the Contextualising Islam in Britain Project, Cambridge University.

He is Vice-Chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and a Trustee of the Three Faiths Forum (3FF) and the Islamic Society of Britain, where he was President (2011–2013). He is a member of the Faiths Advisory Panel for Near Neighbours, a grant scheme managed by the Church Urban Fund. Dilwar established and headed the Policy Research Centre, at the Islamic Foundation (2007–2013). He was also a Commissioner at the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) (2006–2007). He served on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Urban Life and Faith (2005–2006), was Co-Chair of the BBC Standing Conference on Religion and Belief (2011-2013), was co-chair of Alif-Aleph UK (2005), a Trustee of Maslaha (2011–2013) and worked on the Preventing Extremism Together workgroups set up by the Home Office after July 7th 2005. He has been listed in the ‘Who’s Who of British Muslims’ by http://www.salaam.co.uk and the British Bangladeshi Power and Inspiration 100.

He was (2013 - 2016) a member of the Community, Voluntary and Local services Honours Committee, which nominates people for the Queen's Birthday and New Year's Honours.[2]

Selected publications[edit]

  • “Belonging Without Believing: Religion, Atheism and Islam today”, in: A. Carroll and R. Norman, (2017) Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide, Routledge, Oxon, UK.
  • Contextualising Islam in Europe and North America: Challenges and Opportunities, with Peter Mandaville, Brookings, US, 2015.
  • ‘[Muslims in] The UK’ in J.S. Nielsen et al (eds.) Yearbook of Muslims in Europe Vol 6, Brill, Leiden, 2014.
  • Somalis in Leicester (with research team), Open Society Foundation, 2014.
  • ‘Can Muslims Think Universally? Human Rights as a Challenge for Reform’, Amos International Journal (July 2013).
  • 'Social Policy, Cultural Integration and Faith: A Muslim Perspective’, Journal of Social Policy and Society (October 2012 Special Issue).[3]
  • ‘How did the Muslim Community Come to be Where it is Today?’ in: Tony Bayfield, Alan Race and Ataullah Siddiqui (Eds) (2012) Beyond the Dysfunctional Family: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Dialogue With Each Other and With Britain.[4]
  • British Secularism and Religion: Islam, Society and the State, co-edited book, Kube Publishing, Leicester, 2010.[5]
  • Muslims in Leicester (with research team), Open Society Institute, 2010.[6]
  • “Europe, Muslims in” entry in Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam, Oxford University Press, 2009.[7]
  • “Islam” in Zaki Cooper and Guy Lodge (eds.), Faith in the Nation: religion, identity and the public realm in Britain today, IPPR, December 2008.[8]
  • Leading the preventing violent extremism agenda: a role made for councillors. (Contributed to guidance booklet with research team), Local Government Association, 2008.[9]
  • “Islamophobia: Old Wine in New Bottles?”, in Islamophobia and the Challenges of Pluralism in the 21st Century, ACMCU Occasional Papers, August 2008.[10]
  • “Faith and Solidarity” in Nick Johnson (ed.), Citizenship, Cohesion and Solidarity, The Smith Institute, June 2008.[11]
  • “British Muslims in the anti-terror age” in Global Dialogue, Vol. 9, No. 3-4, Summer / Autumn 2007.[12]
  • Faith as Social Capital – Connecting or Dividing? Report of a Joseph-Rowntree Foundation research project with Rob Furbey, et al., March 2006.[13]
  • Chapter on ‘Can Islam Make us British?’ in Madeleine Bunting (ed.) Islam, Race and Being British, Guardian Publications, 2005.[14]
  • Report on Human Rights and Muslims in the EU, jointly with Professor Jocelyne Cesari and Alexandre Caeiro, the European Commission, 2005.[15]
  • Report on Mapping Jewish-Muslim Dialogue in UK sponsored by the Stone-Ashdown Foundation, with Dr Keith Kahn-Harris et al., July 2005.
  • Chapter on ‘British Muslim Identity post 9/11’, in Ron Geaves et al., Islam and the West Post 11 September, Ashgate, 2004.[16]
  • Article on ‘Muslim Political Participation in Britain and the ‘Europeanisation’ of Fiqh’ in Die Welt des Islam, Brill, Leiden, Winter 2004.[17]
  • British Muslims between Assimilation and Segregation, co-authored book, The Islamic Foundation, 2004.[18]
  • British Muslims: Loyalty and Belonging, co-edited book, The Islamic Foundation, Leicester, 2003.[19]
  • Chapter on ‘The Holy Grail of Muslims in Western Europe: Representation and Relationship with the State’, in Esposito and Burgat (eds.), Modernizing Islam: Religion in the Public Sphere in Europe and the Middle East. Hurst & Co., London, 2003.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dilwar Hussain | Maslaha". www.maslaha.org. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  2. ^ "Honours Committees". Cabinet Office. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Cambridge Journals Online - Social Policy and Society - Abstract - Social Policy, Cultural Integration and Faith: A Muslim Reflection". cambridge.org. 
  4. ^ "Beyond the Dysfunctional Family: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Dialogue With Each Other and With Britain: Amazon.co.uk: Alan Race Ed, Jane Clements, Elizabeth Harris, Shanthikumar Hettiarachchi, Sughra Ahmed, Dilwar Hussain, Humera Khan, Abduljalil Sajid, Rachel Benjamin, Miriam Berger: 9781468167474: Books". amazon.co.uk. 
  5. ^ http://www.policyresearch.org.uk/events/publications-BritSecularismReligion.php
  6. ^ "Muslims in Leicester". Open Society Foundations. 
  7. ^ "The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World". oup.com. 
  8. ^ http://www.ippr.org.uk/publicationsandreports/publication.asp?id=637
  9. ^ http://www.lga.gov.uk/lga/publications/publication-display.do?id=1181541
  10. ^ "Occasional Papers". georgetown.edu. 
  11. ^ "Independent Progressive Public Policy Think Tank" (PDF). smith-institute.org.uk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 November 2008. 
  12. ^ http://www.worlddialogue.org/current_issue.htm
  13. ^ "Faith as social capital". jrf.org.uk. Archived from the original on 21 November 2008. 
  14. ^ "9780852650561: Islam, Race and Being British - AbeBooks - Bunting, Madeleine (ed.): 0852650566". abebooks.co.uk. 12 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Documents - Justice" (PDF). europa.eu. 
  16. ^ "Islam and the West Post September 11th: Amazon.co.uk: Ron Greaves, Theodore P.C. Gabriel, Yvonne Haddad, Jane Idleman Smith: 9780754650058: Books". amazon.co.uk. 
  17. ^ Dilwar Hussain. "MUSLIM POLITICAL PARTICIPATION IN BRITAIN AND THE 'EUROPEANISATION' OF FIQH  » Brill Online". ingentaconnect.com. 
  18. ^ "British Muslims Between Assimilation and Segregation: Historical, Legal and Social Realities: Amazon.co.uk: Hussain Dilwar, Nadeem Malik, Mohammed Siddique Seddon: 9780860373544: Books". amazon.co.uk. 
  19. ^ "Amazon.co.uk: British Muslims: Loyalty and Belonging: Books". amazon.co.uk. 
  20. ^ "Modernizing Islam: Religion in the Public Sphere in the Middle East and Europe: Amazon.co.uk: John L. Esposito, Francois Burgat: 9780813531984: Books". amazon.co.uk. 

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