Introduction

Professor Khizar Humayun Ansari OBE, is Professor of the History of Islam and Cultural Diversity and Director of the Centre for Minority Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research focuses on the history of

Khizar Humayun Ansari


Professional Achievements


Professor Khizar Humayun Ansari OBE, is Professor of the History of Islam and Cultural Diversity and Director of the Centre for Minority Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research focuses on the history of Muslims in the West, radical Islamic thought, ethnic diversity, identity and migration.

His published research includes, The Emergence of Socialist Thought Among North Indian Muslims, 1917-1947, The Infidel Within, Muslims in Britain Since 1800, and The Making of the East London Mosque, 1910-1951.

Professor Humayun Ansari has worked for many years in the community and through research and training to improve race relations in Britain, focusing on both enhancing the skills of ethnic minorities and breaking down negative attitudes and stereotypes in society.

In 1987, he became the Director of the Slough Industrial Language Centre. He has also served in a voluntary capacity in positions ranging from a committee of the Judicial Studies Board, to the Chairmanship of the Board of Management of the Slough Citizens Advice Bureau.

Professor Ansari has advised numerous bodies by helping people develop the skills to operate effectively in a multi-cultural environment, designing services which are accessible and of equal quality for all, regardless of ethnic origin and promoting the benefits of diverse workforces to business and to state services.

Although, the broad area of Professor Ansari’s research is the history of Islam and ethnic minorities in South Asia, his primary focus now is Islam and the experience of Muslims in Britain and other Western societies. His academic research embraces ethnicity, identity, migration, Multiculturalism, Islam in the West, Islamism, Islamophobia, radical Islamic thought and Muslim youth identities. As these themes are of a contemporary as well as an historical interest, his work spans the academic world, government and policymakers and community-level activity. Contemporary interest focuses on the two issues of security and social cohesion.

Professor Khizar Humayun Ansari has written extensively on subjects ranging from ethnic diversity and cross-cultural issues to Muslims in South Asia and Western societies and attitudes to jihad, martyrdom and terrorism among British Muslims. At present, he is preparing a scholarly edition of the Minutes of the London Mosque Fund and the East London Mosque Trust, 1910 -1951 for the Camden Series of the Royal Historical Society. It seeks to identify and explain the evolving relationship between Muslims and British society within the historical context of London during the course of the twentieth century.

The richness of this important archive, a unique cultural memory of what was a variegated British Muslim experience means that this research, by tracing the communal and institutional evolution of Muslims in London and by delineating how their religious activity was shaped both locally and in relation to wider, national as well as international, developments, will lead to a more textured understanding of these developments and the place of Muslims within British society.  On a wider level he is also involved in a project on the migration and settlement of South African Jews in the UK.

He was awarded an OBE in 2002 for his work in the field of race and ethnic relations. Professor Khizar Humayun Ansari migrated to the UK from Lahore, Pakistan. He is married to Professor Sarah Ansari, and has two sons, test cricketer, Zafar Ansari and first class cricketer Akbar Ansari.