Most of my academic career has been involved in Islamic Studies, but since 2010 I have developed wider interests in the Study of Religion. My work has always involved combining key theoretical approaches to the study of religion with empirical research. I have spent several years in the field, carrying out my research both in Britain and abroad. After spending several years interacting with Islamic radicals, I was able to interpret their social world, giving me an insight into how they became radicalized. For this reason, radical Islam was the lynchpin of my research interest during my early career, and I subsequently completed my doctorate at Royal Holloway (University of London) in this area. In 2006, I developed a research project on religious institutions in the East End of London in collaboration with the Royal Historian Society. Since then I have been involved in a number of cross-cultural research projects in the private and public sector related to counter-terrorism and radical Islam.
Regarding my teaching, I have spent several years developing an extensive teaching portfolio in religious studies. In 2009, I was appointed as a lecturer in the Study of Islam and Muslims at Aberdeen University, where I designed a range of modules to overview — through theological, historical and philosophical analysis — how the Islamic tradition has evolved and the challenges it faces in the modern world. In the School of Philosophy and Religion at Bangor University, I teach a wide spectrum of BA modules that examine different dimensions of religion: how they are formed, what they mean, and how they are reformulated in the modern age. Therefore, as a specialist in Religious Studies, my teaching and research intersects across a wide-range of diverse religious boundaries.
Wali, Farhaan (2013). Radicalism Unveiled(Ashgate Publishing Limited, The Religion and International Security series, UK)
Wali, Farhaan (in progress). Leaving Islamism
Wali, Farhaan (in progress). Segregated Britain
Segregation and Muslim identity:
Islam and the Modern Age:
I would be interested in supervising research students on topics related to Radicalisation and Terrorism, Islam in Britain, Political Islam and Democracy, Islamic Theology and Philosophy, Sociology of Religion (e.g. secularisation theory, religious violence, cults and new age religions), Faith Communities and Religious Identity, Islam and the West, Identity Politics and Multiculturalism, Female Activism, Eastern Religions (e.g. Hinduism and Sikhism) and Comparative Philosophy.