Understanding conversion to Islam in prison (UCIP) in England, Switzerland and France 2020

By Jul.09, 2020

Dr Muzammil Quraishi, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, and CJ Hub lead, is Co-Investigator on the largest study to date about conversion to Islam in Prison in three European countries: England, Switzerland and France. Dr Quraishi, is working in collaboration on UCIP with researchers at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (University of London), the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life (University of Oxford), and the The University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

UCIP is using robust mixed-methods, criminological-theological research to generate the most detailed and extensive data-set yet about:

  1. the socio-demographic and religious nature of Muslim converts, including those Muslims who change Islamic affiliation, in British and continental European prisons;
  2. the types of Islam that Muslim convert inmates follow;
  3. the effects of their conversion to Islam on prison life and on their rehabilitation, including the effects of prison chaplaincy and religious occasions in prison

Driven by this data, the study will then design a practical intervention to improve prison outcomes for inmates who convert to Islam.

Click here to find out more about this groundbreaking project

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