Sadek Hamid

Sadek Hamid is academic, writer, trainer and policy consultant. He is a specialist in the study of Islam in Britain and has over 30 years of experience of engaging Muslim communities nationally and internationally. Before transitioning to academia, he worked for 11 years as a Youth & Community Professional and is committed to education, capacity building and applying research to real life with holistic problem solving strategies. He designed and taught the UK’s first Muslim Youth Work Degree at Chester University and has also been Lecturer at Liverpool Hope University, Visiting Lecturer in Cambridge Muslim College and a Senior Research Assistant at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies at Oxford University.

His research interests include Islam in Europe and America, Muslim young people, Islamic activism, religious radicalisation, religion and public policy and has written a number of books, reports in British Muslim Studies, Islamism, Salafism, radicalisation and counter-extremism. He is an Executive Committee Member of the Muslims in Britain Research Network, a Peer Reviewer for CREST at Lancaster University and has been an Advisor to the Radicalisation and Muslim Communities’ Research project, DEMOS Think-tank.

He is an Alumni of the NESA Center for Strategic Studies, Department of Defense, and USA and has consulted for the UK Government’s Commission for Countering Extremism.

He appears regularly in the media and has been invited to a speak in conferences and seminars all over the world on Islamism, Salafism, radicalisation and CVE in the U.K and overseas, including the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, University Radboud, Netherlands, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Germany, University of Helsinki, Finland, Department of Homeland Security, USA, the South African Institute of International Affairs, and the National University of Singapore. He has provided training for West Yorkshire Police Force on Muslim theo-political Radicalisation and was awarded a prestigious British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research on Western Muslim interpretations of the concept of Jihad research across the U.K, Canada and the USA.

His notable publications include: Sufis, Salafis and Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism, British Muslims: New Directions in Islamic Thought, Creativity and Actvism (with Philip Lewis), Young British Muslims: between Rhetoric and Real Lives, Political Muslims: Youth Resistance in a Global Context (with Tahir Abbas ), Youth Work and Islam: A Leap of Faith for Young People (with Brian Belton), ‘The Attraction of Authentic Islam: Salafism and British Muslim Youth’ in Global Salafism: Islam’s New Religious Movement and was a contributor to the EU funded report on ‘Studies on Violent Radicalisation: The Beliefs, Ideologies and Narratives’ and wrote ‘Islamic Political Radical Radicalism in Britain: The Case of Hizb-ut Tahrir’ in Islamic Political Radicalism: A European Comparative.