K Humayun Ansari, Professor
Dr Humayun Ansari is Professor of the History of Islam and Cultural Diversity, Department of History, and Director of the Centre for Minority Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has conducted research and provided consultancy and training in the field of ethnic minority issues and equal opportunities for a range of organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including government departments and agencies, the health sector, the police, the probation service, further and higher education, and within industry and commerce. His academic research includes ethnicity, identity, migration, multiculturalism and Islamophobia. He has written extensively on the subject of Muslims in Western society, cultural diversity and cross-cultural issues. He is author of The Infidel Within, Muslims in Britain Since 1800, The Emergence of Socialist Thought Among North Indian Muslims (1917-1947) and co-author of Managing Cultural Diversity At Work.
Jason Edwards, Lecturer
Dr Edwards has been a lecturer in politics at Birkbeck, University of London since 2002. He teaches social and political theory, and the philosophy of the social sciences. He is the author of The Radical Attitude and Modern Political Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), as well as articles in journals such as Political Studies, Contemporary Political Theory, and Economy and Society.
Karim Javan, Lecturer
Mr Javan received his MPhil in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from the University of Cambridge. He has taught English and Persian in Iran and England and has published a biographical article in Persian entitled Shah Karim al Huseini - The Fourth Aga Khan.
Ali Paya, Professor
Professor Paya is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, at the University of Westminster. He is also a Professor at the Islamic College (London) and at the National Research Institute for Science Policy in Iran. He has conducted research in various fields including: futures studies; cultural, social and ethical impact of modern sciences and technologies; indigenous knowledge; methodologies of social and human sciences; and legacy of Muslim intellectuals. His publications include, An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Critical Rationalism (forthcoming 2013), Analytic Philosophy: Problems, Prospects, and Applications, two volumes, (2012); Habermas and Iranian Intellectuals, co-authored, (2012); Human and Social Sciences in Iran: A Critical Pathology, co-authored (2012); Socio-Cultural Impact of the Fourth Wave of Scientific and Technological Development, co-authored (2011); Iraq, Democracy and the Future of tThe Muslim World, co-edited, (2011).
Amine Cakir Surmeli, Instructor
Dr Amine Cakir Surmeli is a Turkish language instructor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she teaches elementary written, intensive and advanced Turkish. From 1993 to 2008 she was an English language instructor at Çukurova University, YADIM (Foreign Languages Research and Application Centre). She was also a member of the YADIM project unit, where she worked on various EU projects. She was, between 2004 and 2007, a German and Turkish Instructor in Turkey, having taught Turkish both as a private language course, and at YADIM for Erasmus students coming from all over Europe. She is an adjunct professor at Maryland University - Europe, Incirlik/Adana.