Dr. Mansur Ali studied classical Islamic studies and Arabic at Darul Uloom Bury, UK and Al-Azhar University Cairo, Egypt. He then completed his postgraduate studies in Middle Eastern Studies (Hadith studies) at the University of Manchester researching for a PhD dissertation on the ‘Importance of the Isnad in Al-Tirmidhi’s Sunan’. He is interested in Hadith studies as well as applied Islamic theology and ethics. He has authored a number of books and academic journal articles on the subject of Hadith, chaplaincy, drug addiction and Islamic theology, and practical theology. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Khatib at the Darul Isra Mosque, Cardiff, UK. He is also recipient of the 2015 BISCA awards
Education and qualifications
Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (PCUTL), Cardiff University.
PhD Middle Eastern Studies (Islamic), “Al-Tirmidhi and the Role of the Isnad in His Sunan”, University of Manchester, supervised by Dr Ronald P. Buckley. Funded by Manchester University ‘Graduate Teaching Fellowship Award’.
MA Middle Eastern Studies (Islamic), “The Methodology of Western Scholars in the Study of Hadith Literature”, University of Manchester, supervised by Dr Andreas Christmann.
BA Islamic Theology, Al-Azhar University, Cairo Egypt.
Advanced Certificate in Classical Islamic and Arabic Studies. Darul Uloom Al-Arabiyya Al-Islamiyya Bury, UK.
2015- Present: Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Cardiff University
2012-2015: Post-doctoral Jameel fellow in Islamic Studies, Cardiff University
2011- 2012: Post-doctoral fellow, Cambridge Muslim College
2010 – 2011: Research associate, Cardiff University
2007-2010: Muslim chaplain, Ashworth High Security Hospital, Liverpool
2005-2008: Graduate teaching fellow, University of Manchester.
Other academic activities
Reviewer for a number of academic journals
Honours and awards
BISCA 2015 (British Imams and Scholars Contribution Award) for best contribution in teaching and research. 2015
Committees and reviewing
- 2015- Present: Religious and Theological Studies, years 2 and 3 Senior tutor
- 2012- Present: School of History, Archaeology and Religion Equality and Diversity Committee