Professor Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor

Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor is Professor in the Sociology or Religion at Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. Sariya is a Co-Investigator for the Digital British Islam project, and Co-Investigator for the CHANSE Digital Islam Across Europe project. Her research portfolio currently includes externally funded-research on digital religion, vulnerable children, definitions of security and inter-convictional dialogue.

Sariya is Chair (2020-2023) of the Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN) and is editor of the Review of Social and Scientific Study of Religion. Her research emphasises collaborative methodologies that work with and for research participants. Through her research she interrogates the power dynamics within knowledge production and the implications of the processes and systems of knowledge on society as a whole. She has a strong track record of delivering externally funded research (total value c. £3.8 million).

Her publications include Muslim Women in Britain: Demystifying the Muslimah (2012), Religion or Belief, Discrimination and Equality: Britain in Global Contexts (2013), Islamic Education in Britain: New Pluralist Paradigms (2015), Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion (2015), Islam on Campus: Contested Identities and the Cultures of Higher Education (2020 and her most recent edited volume with Jamie Gilham on Muslim Women in Britain, 1850–1950: 100 Years of Hidden History (Hurst 2023). More information: X: @Sariya_CC