MA Arabic and Persian, University of Edinburgh; PG Dip Law (CPE) and LPC, BPP Law School, London; LLM in International Human Rights Law, University of London; PhD (Law), University of Kent.
Suhraiya's broad research interests are in the field of law and religion, equalities, anti-discrimination and human rights law, critical race/religion studies, gender and sexuality and Islamic family law, particularly Muslim feminisms. Her work primarily draws on critical race and religion, post/de-colonial and anti-racist queer theory.
Suhraiya's (2013) monograph 'Interrogating Law's Religion' (Social and Legal Studies Series, Palgrave Macmillan) examines juridical conceptualisations of religion and its relationship with 'race' in child welfare law and faith schools law and policy. Another current research project focuses on convergences of sexuality, religion/culture and the extent to which UK and other national/ global equalities initiatives take into account those complex subjectivities. This work is part of a broader project on Decolonizing Sexualities funded by the AHRC Networking Grant which brings together a transnational network of scholars and civil society activists working across issues of race, religion, sexuality and gender. Suhraiya is the Co-cordinator and Principle Investigator of this project which you can read more about here. The Co-edited collection ‘Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions’ is available via open access here. Suhraiya is also Principal Investigator of a British Academy and Leverhulme funded project exploring gross national happiness and sustainable development in Bhutan and wellbeing policy making in the UK.
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Law and Religion; Anti-discrimination and Human Rights Law; Critical Race/Postcolonial Studies; Gender and Sexuality; Muslim feminisms and Islamic Family law; Critical Happiness Studies; Decolonizing Sexualities.
Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions
The edited collection is available via open access and in hard copy at http://counterpress.org.uk/publications/decolonizing-sexualities/
Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository
Teaching and Supervision
Module Co-Convenor Public Law 1 (LW588 and LW614).
Module Convenor Race, Religion and Law (LW623).
Critical race/religion approaches to Law and Religion; Intersectionality and de-colonial perspectives on gender and sexuality; Feminist/reformist perspectives on Islamic law; Epistemologies of the South.
Other academic Activities
Socio-Legal Studies Association; Society of Legal Scholars
British Academy and Leverhulme Trust, Exploring Wellbeing and Gross National Happiness in Sustainable Development Policy Making. June 2013 - October 2015. £9,208 awarded.
Arts and Humanities Research Council, Research Networking Scheme, Transnational network of scholars and civil society activists working across issues of race, religion, sexuality and gender. September 2012 - March 2014. £22,825 awarded.