Dr. Asma Mustafa

Dean of Scholars, Coordinator & Facilitator, Young Muslim Leadership Programme (YMLP), Salahuddin Abdul Jawad Fellow in the Study of Muslims in Britain, Senior Research Fellow, Linacre College, Oxford


Dr Asma Mustafa holds a Research Fellowship on Muslims in Britain at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. Asma is also Senior Research Fellow and Governing Body member at Linacre College, University of Oxford. She served as Senior Tutor, Linacre College, University of Oxford from 2014-2016.

Asma received her DPhil in Sociology from Oxford University in 2011. Her Economic and Social Research Council (ESCR) funded doctoral research examined the role of ethnic, religious and national identities in the political participation of young second-generation British Muslims.

Dr Mustafa is the Dean of Scholars at OCIS. She is also the organizer and facilitator of the leading transformative leadership development initiative in the UK focused on young British Muslims. The Young Muslim Leadership Programme is designed to cultivate exceptional leaders. It aims to inspire faith motivated approaches to self-development, leadership growth and community building among mid-career British Muslims in their 20s. She has successfully led the YMLP and its alumni network for over 12 years.

Asma’s publications include ‘Identity and Political Participation Among Young British Muslims’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); ‘Muslims in the Military: Broadening Diversity in the British Armed Forces’ (2019) and ‘Immigration Attitudes amongst European Muslims: Social Identity, Economic Threat and Familiar Experiences’ (2018) Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42 (7) 1050-1069. She has also contributed chapters to ‘Muslims and Political Participation in Britain’ (Routledge, 2015), ‘Young British Muslims: Rhetoric and Realities’ (Ashgate, 2016); ‘Islamophobia: Still a challenge for us all. A 20th anniversary report’ (Runnymede Trust, 2017) and ‘British Muslims and Employment’ Evidence submitted to the Women and Equalities Select Committee’s enquiry into employment opportunities for Muslims in the UK.

Multiple citations and references included in the final report ‘Employment Opportunities for Muslims in the UK’ http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmwomeq/89/89.pdf