Sevket Hylton Akyildiz Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Sevket Hylton Akyildiz

PhD History and Politics
Eurasia Studies Society of Great Britain & Europe

I completed my PhD at SOAS, University of London; currently I am an independent researcher; director of REST, UK (higher education services, mentoring and editing). My special research interests are Soviet Central Asia; contemporary British and European Muslim communities.

Subjects: Area Studies, History


Sevket has been involved in the further and higher education sector for 20 years; exploring ideas, facing new challenges and meeting people.


    PhD SOAS, London

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    I research and write about two topics:
    1) British Muslims living in small town South England:  mosque history and politics. Examining migration, settlement, place and identity.
    2) Soviet Central Asia: socialization and acculturation (looking at education, sport, leisure, and youths)

Personal Interests

    Reading, radio, movies, internet, nature rambling and keeping fit.



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 Featured Title - Social & Cultural Change Central Asia - Akyildiz&Carlson - 1st Edition book cover


Journal of Muslims in Europe, Vol. 4. Issue. 2, 2015, pp. 1-26

Introducing Seaside Town Muslims: Eastbourne Mosque History and Politics

Published: Oct 01, 2015 by Journal of Muslims in Europe, Vol. 4. Issue. 2, 2015, pp. 1-26
Authors: Sevket Hylton Akyildiz
Subjects: History, Religion, Area Studies, Asian Studies

A research paper looking at the history and politics of one mosque in a small town (coatsal resort town) in Southern England.

Twentieth Century Communism-A Journal of International History: Local Communisms, Issue 5. June 2013.

Sovietisation in Uzbekistan 1980-1991: A Success or Failure?

Published: Jun 01, 2013 by Twentieth Century Communism-A Journal of International History: Local Communisms, Issue 5. June 2013.
Authors: Sevket Akyildiz & Richard Carlson
Subjects: History, Area Studies, Asian Studies

A study that addresses the level of mass compliance by the population of Uzbekistan, and cases of resistance, in the immediate years prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union.


Sevket Hylton researches British Muslims in small town South East England

By: Sevket Hylton Akyildiz
Subjects: Area Studies, Asian Studies, History

The majority of British Muslims live in cities such as London, Leicester, Birmingham and Bradford—and academic research thus far has reflected a city and post-manufacturing town emphasis. This paper investigates the as yet undocumented history and mosque politics of Muslims living in the small town of Eastbourne, East Sussex, using participant observation and unstructured and semi-structured interviews. Firstly, I conceptualise my case study group by highlighting some differences found in a small town in terms of the origins of its Muslims, their ethnic heterogeneity, and residential spatial distribution. Secondly, I explore mosque politics in terms of mosque planning, public reactions to mosque rebuilding, and mosque management issues.


A summary of my East Sussex Muslims, UK project

Published: Mar 16, 2015

An outline of my ongoing research into British and European Muslims living in small town England: resort and coastal town Muslims.