Living Islam in prison: faith, ideology and fear

‘Room Search’ by Lucy Edkins

On the 26th of June 2007, I have been asked to present at the House of Lords, as part of of the IQRA Annual Lecture, my four year study on how being behind bars has an impact on Muslim identity and their experience of Islam.

The IQRA Trust was set up in 1993 to support the educational and training needs of imams and prisoners. Its aims include raising awareness of issues affecting Muslim prisoners and promoting the importance of education and training in the successful resettlement of Muslim prisoners once they are released.

I am particularly thankful to Lord Ahmed of Rotherham and the Director IQRA Trust Prisoner Welfare, Mr Salah El-Hassan for this opportunity to present my findings at the House of Lords. The event was attended by a large audience, including many prison imams, members of the Prison Service, members of associations, the government and police forces. I hope that my research and findings can contribute to a better understanding of the issues that we are facing within prisons and to help the Prison Service and the Government to change its current security policies.

For whom may be interested, the text of the speech can be found here in PDF format,

I am currently transforming my research into a book provisionally titled “Faith, ideology and fear: Muslim identities within and beyond prisons”, which will be published by Continuum Books in summer 2008.


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