Understanding Muslim Chaplaincy provides a lens through which to explore critical questions relating to contemporary religion in public life, and the institutionalisation of Islam in particular. Providing a rich description of the personnel, practice, and politics of contemporary Muslim chaplaincy, the authors consider the extent to which Muslim chaplaincy might be distinctive in Britain relative to the work of Muslim chaplains in the USA and other countries. This book will make a major contribution to international debate about the place of religion in public life and institutions. This book derives from research that has depended on exclusive access to a wide range of public institutions and personnel who largely work 'behind closed doors'. By making public the work of these chaplains and critically examining the impact of their work within and beyond their institutions, this book offers a groundbreaking study in the field of contemporary religion that will stimulate discussion for many years to come about Islam and Muslims in Western societies.
Sophie Gilliat-Ray is Professor in Religious & Theological Studies and Director of the Islam-UK Centre, Cardiff University; Mansur Ali is Jameel lecturer in Islamic Studies at Cardiff University, UK; Stephen Pattison is Professor of Religion, Ethics and Practice and Head of Theology and Religion, Birmingham University, UK.