BRAIS is managed by a group of elected Officers based at leading Higher and Further Education institutions across the UK.


Chair: Dr Ayman Shihadeh, SOAS, University of London

Discipline: Medieval Intellectual History

Academic Interests: Ayman is an intellectual historian specialising in medieval philosophy and theology.

For more information about Ayman please click HERE.


Secretary: Professor Hugh Goddard, The Alwaleed Centre, University of Edinburgh

Discipline: Islamic Studies

Academic Interests: Christian-Muslim relations.

For more information about Hugh please click HERE.


Treasurer/Membership Officer: Dr Saeko Yazaki, University of Glasgow

Discipline: Theology and Religious Studies

Academic Interests: Mystical and epistemological dimensions of religion, Muslim-Jewish relations, Comparison between monotheistic and non-monotheistic faiths, Theories and practices in Sufism, Shinto and Buddhism, Concept of purification in belief, Doubts in faith, Methodological issues in religious studies.

For more information about Saeko please click HERE.



Web Officer: Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor, Coventry University

Discipline: Sociology of Religion

Academic Interests: Sociology of Islam in Britain; Muslim women, their voice and their feminism; Islamic Education; Religion or Belief discrimination; Interfaith & Interpeople dialogue; the Non-religious in Britain; Digital religion.

For more information about Sariya please click HERE.