Dr Mustafa Draper

Senior Research Fellow

Email: m.draper@ibnrushdcentre.org

Dr Mustafa Draper is former Lecturer in Islam and Contemporary Religion at the University of Birmingham. He has a BA in Humanities from the University of the West of England (Bristol) and an MA and PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Birmingham. His doctoral thesis was on contemporary Sufism in Europe. After a number of years being involved in community and education work, he worked from 1995 until 2016 at the University of Birmingham, initially as a Research Assistant on the British Muslims Monthly Survey, and then subsequently as a Research Fellow on an ESRC project on Transnational Sufism and as a Teaching Fellow. He was appointed as Lecturer in Islam and Contemporary Religion from 2006 until 2016, teaching on a range of modules on Islam and broader religious studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well supervising and examining research degrees. From January 2017, he worked on an education project at the Universite Mohammed VI Polytechnique, in Morocco, for 12 months.


PhD in Islamic Studies (University of Birmingham): Area of Study: Contemporary Sufism

MA in Islamic Studies (by thesis) (University of Birmingham): Area of Study: Contemporary Sufism

PGCE Secondary (University of Birmingham): Religious Studies and EAL

BA (Hons) in Humanities (Bristol UWE): Urban Studies, Sociology, Philosophical Anthropology, Cultural Studies.


‘Islam and Exorcism’ in Encyclopaedia of the Bible and its Reception Vol 7 (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013)

‘Transnational Sufism: the Haqqaniyya’ (with J.S. Nielsen & G Yemelianova) in Sufism in the West (eds. J. Malik & John Hinnells), (London: Routledge, 2006)

Report on the UK in Building Bridges for Dialogue and Understanding (Results from the EU-Socrates Project 2002-2004, ed. B. Schmidt-Behlau), (Bonn: IIZ/DVV, 2005)

‘Britain: acceptance not integration’ in Le Monde Diplomatique, Paris, May 2005)

‘Muslims in Western Europe’, ‘Muslims in North America’, ‘Mosques and Places of Worship in North America’ in Historical Atlas of Islam (ed. M. Ruthven), (Cambridge Mass: Harvard University Press, 2004)

Islamiyat: A Core Text for O’ Level (students’ and teachers’ texts)(with David Thomas), (Karachi: OUP, 2004)

‘Ethics and ethnographic research in the context of Sufi tariqas’ in Ethnology of Sufi Orders: Theory and Practice (eds. A Zhelyazkova & J.S. Nielsen), ( Sofia: IMIR & CSICMR, 2001).


·         Traditional Islamic healing in Britain

·         Historical Sufi sites in Morocco


·         Contemporary Sufism

·         Muslims in Europe

·         Islam in Morocco

·         Islamic traditional healing.


·         Sufism

·         Islam in Europe

·         Islam in Cyberspace

·         Religion in Contemporary Britain


·         British Association of Islamic Studies (BRAIS)