The project will use qualitative and quantitative research methods and data visualisation to compare and contrast narratives of Islam within four UK-based universities and two Muslim college of higher education, gathering data from 3 sources:
1. University policy documents and official responses to critical incidents or moments of crisis
2. Syllabus outlines and course content on the topic of Islam and associated subjects
3. The personal views of staff and students (including those affirmed within student societies)
Such analysis will provide a perspective on the constellation of perceptions and ideas available within university contexts, including discourses available beyond the boundaries of the university experience. However, our focus here will be on how these discourses are appropriated within universities, hence the emphasis on those narratives that exert most obvious influence upon campus life. This analysis affords a close examination within specific universities of localised discourses on Islam produced through degree programmes and student activities (e.g. Islamic societies, student media). This would provide a meso-level of data that reveals how nationally and globally available narratives are locally re-contextualised and framed by conditions such as a history of religious conflict upon a particular campus. While these three data sources are analytically differentiated, our analysis anticipates significant cross-over between them, and will include a mapping of how they interact as sources of knowledge about Islam within university contexts.