S. Sayyid is currently based in the University of Leeds. From 2010 to 2013 he was the inaugural Director of the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding in Australia. His main intellectual interests are in the areas of critical Muslim studies and political and cultural theory. Dr Sayyid’s numerous publications been translated into a number of languages including Persian, Turkish, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic.
His first book: A Fundamental Fear was upon publication nominated for British Sociological Association’s prize for the best first monograph, however, subsequently it was banned by the Malaysian government. His most recent publications include a co-edited volume: Thinking Through Islamophobia and a co-authored book Racism, Governance, and Public Policy. Dr Sayyid’s new book Recalling the Caliphate is due out later this year. He is a joint editor of the monograph series: Decolonial Studies/Postcolonial Horizons published by Pluto Press, and a frequent contributor to international and national media.
The Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP) focuses on a systematic and empirical approach to the study of Islamophobia and its impact on Muslim communities. Today, Muslims in the U.S., parts of Europe, and around the world have been transformed into a demonized and feared global “other,” subjected to legal, social, and political discrimination.