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18 January 2022

EMINENT BRISTOL LAW PROFESSOR
CLEARED OF ISLAMOPHOBIA, JOINS
OXFORD INSTITUTE FOR BRITISH ISLAM

 

Steven Greer BA (Oxon), MSc, PhD FRSA FAcSS, Professor of Human Rights at the University of Bristol Law School, has been appointed the first Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for British Islam. 

Professor Greer is an internationally renowned human rights expert who has taught and delivered numerous papers throughout the UK and abroad, including in China, Palestine, Malaysia, at Harvard Law School, and other major US universities. Amongst other things, he has worked with a wide range of organizations around the world, including several Muslim and Arab ones.

 He has also published widely, particularly in the fields of criminal justice, human rights, and law and counterterrorism. Two of his books have been short-listed for prestigious prizes. His most recent, Tackling Terrorism in Britain: Threats, Responses, and Challenges Twenty Years After 9/11, was published by Routledge last year. In July 2021 Professor Greer was unreservedly cleared of spurious allegations of Islamophobia in his teaching and other public output by a formal University of Bristol inquiry. These unfounded charges had been brought by the University of Bristol Islamic Society. 

Dr Taj Hargey, Provost of the Oxford Institute for British Islam (OIBI), said: ‘The OIBI is an independent Muslim public policy think tank and research institute promoting fresh inquiry, bold rationalism and creative solutions for contemporary British Muslims in a lively cosmopolitan and novel inter-faith environment. As an autonomous research and educational charity, it seeks to be at the forefront of pioneering study and scholastic output for the diverse British Muslim community and actively encourages the participation of those from all faiths and none. We are delighted, therefore, to host Professor Greer as OIBI’s first Visiting Research Fellow and greatly look forward to working with him in devising and facilitating an exciting research programme relating to Islam in Britain.’

Professor Greer commented: ‘It is an undoubted honour and huge privilege to be the first Visiting Research Fellow at the OIBI, an imaginative new academic institute which fills an undeniable gap in the existing research, scholarly and campaigning landscape within British Islam. As a non-Muslim, I look forward to the opportunity this presents to contribute to a better understanding and inter-relationship between Muslims and others in the UK and beyond.’

British Islam

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BRITISH ISLAM represents a full adherence to a progressive and pluralistic Muslim faith that is based on the exclusive sovereignty of the Holy Qur’an. British Islam is firmly rooted in and relevant to 21st century UK society, upholding universal values and democratic virtues. It is not beholden to, nor is it subject to medieval interpretations, patriarchal oppression, political authoritarianism, cultural baggage, tribal customs and bygone practices from distant ancestral homelands.