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Professor Gary Bunt BA; MA; Ph.D; SFHEA

Professor in Islamic Studies

Tel: +44 (0)1570 424894

  • Lecturer/co-ordinator on a range of undergraduate modules
  • Director, MA Islamic Studies (by distance learning)
  • Director of Postgraduate Research
  • Postgraduate supervisor
  • Advisory Board Member, Islamic Studies Network, Higher Education Academy (2011-13)
  • Advisory Board Member, British Society for Islamic Studies (2013-)
  • Member of Council of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (2006-2008, 2010, 2015-).
  • Management team member (and Academic Co-ordinator), Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies, Higher Education Academy (2000-2011)
  • Recent and Current Postgraduate Supervision:Religion and the Internet: social networking; Social Media in Muslim contexts; Islamic Jurisprudence; Framing The Other: the Effect of Worldview, Rhetoric And Media Dissonance on Muslim Perceptions of the U.S. Post-9/11; Islamic Philosophy of Law; Muslims in the UK: responses to terrorism; Ta’ziyah Passion Play in Iranian popular culture; Islam in Malaysia; Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in Korea; Islam and the Environment.
  • Developed the MA Islamic Studies (2003-), and wrote and coordinated the following modules: Islam Today, Study Skills for Islamic Studies, Muslim Networks, Muslim Politics, Project Module. Also supervise many of the dissertations for the MA.
  • Undergraduate modules: Exploring Muslim Societies in the Modern World, Islam in the West; Diversity of Muslim Expression; Islam in Contemporary Societies; Religion, Media and Society; Methods and Approaches to the Study of Theology and Religion (co-ordinator/developer).  Sex and Violence: Religion in the Modern World; Imagining the Other; Islam in the Contemporary World  (contributor)

Gary R. Bunt has been conducting research on Islam, Muslims and the internet  since 1997. This has focused on contemporary Islam, Muslims and the internet. This work has reached beyond a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary academic audience, towards engagement with governmental sectors, policy makers, media, and Muslim communities in the UK and abroad.  It has acquired a general audience through being presented in public lectures, and via internet, broadcast and print media in the UK and abroad.

The primary contribution of the research has been the development of new methodologies and knowledge of the phenomena associated with Islam and Muslims in cyberspace. This has required the development of specific methodological considerations associated with multidisciplinary Religious Studies/Islamic Studies, integrating cyber-cultural considerations with historical factors and theory surrounding political, social and cultural aspects of contemporary Islam.

Bunt’s research has included studies of dialogues on forms of jihad within various regional settings, and writing about web 2.0, social networking, multimedia and blogging. Much of this work has established foundations for disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies into Islam and the internet and religions on the internet. It has a specific social impact nationally and internationally in terms of analysis of this critical sector of internet discourse.

Research website:

Virtually Islamic


Virtually Islamic Blog 
Islam in Britain
Islamic Studies Pathways  

Social Media:

Twitter: @garybunt
Facebook: Gary R. Bunt (research pages)

Gary Bunt worked for the Higher Education Academy (0.5) between 2000-2011 in a variety of roles, primarily as an academic co-ordinator for the Philosophical and Religious Studies Subject Network. This included responsibilities in developing the Islamic Studies Network (HEA-ISN), a three year programme organized in conjunction with the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE), the Higher Education Funding Council of Wales, the Scottish Funding Council and the HEA.

Professor Bunt was also responsible for the delivery of related papers at national conferences, including on Islamic Studies in Higher Education. He was responsible for two reports (published by HEFCE), was on the management team and board member of the Subject Centre, held an editorial role for the HEA-ISN Perspectives journal , and organised numerous events.

This included the co-organisation of the HEA Islamic Studies Network’s Perspectives on Islamic Studies conference at the University of Birmingham (May 2010), and instigating, organizing and providing papers for an international ‘Islam in Higher Education Conference’ at the University of Birmingham (2005).


  • iMuslims: Rewiring the House of Islam (Editions: Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. London: C. Hurst & Co. Kuala Lumpur, The Other Place. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2009). 358pp. Arabic translation: Cairo: Sutour Press, 2011.
  • Islam in the Digital Age: E-Jihad, Online Fatwas and Cyber Islamic Environments, (London: Pluto Books, 2003/New York: Macmillan, 2003)Turkish edition: 'Dijital Çajda Islam: E-Cihad, Online Fetvalar ve Siber Islami Çevreler', (trans. Nil Erdogan), (Istanbul: Babil Yayınları, 2007)
  • The Good Web Guide to World Religions, (London: The Good Web Guide, 2001), 160pp.
  • Virtually Islamic: Computer-Mediated Communication and Cyber-Islamic Environments, (Cardiff:University of Wales Press, 2000/Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2002/Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002) 190pp.

Chapters in Books

  • ‘Is it possible to have a ‘religious experience’ in cyberspace?’, chapter in Bettina E. Schmidt (editor), The Study of Religious Experience, (Sheffield: Equinox Publishing, 2016)
  • ‘Decoding the Hajj in Cyberspace’ chapter in Eric Taglicozzo and Shawkat M. Toorawa (editors) The Hajj: Pilgrimage in Islam.  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)
  • 'Studying Muslims in Cyberspace’, chapter in Gabriele Marranci (editor), Studying Islam in Practice, (London: Routledge, 2013)
  • 'Islam, Social Networking and the Cloud’, chapter in Jeffrey T. Kenney & Ebrahim Moosa (editors), Islam in the Modern World, (London: Routledge, 2013)
  • 'Mediterranean Islamic Expression and Web 2.0", chapter in Cesare Merlini & Olivier Roy (editors), Arab Society in Revolt : The West's Mediterranean Challenge (Washington, D.C., Brookings Institution Press, 2012), 76-95
  • “Muslims in Britain and the internet” chapter in Postcolonial Media Culture, Rinella Cere & Ros Brunt (editors), (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
  • 'The Digital Umma', chapter in A Companion to the Muslim World, Amyn B. Sajoo (editor), (London: IB Tauris/Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2009), 291-310
  • 'L'islam digitale (Internet)', chapter in Le religioni e il mondo moderno III. Islam, Giovanni Filoramo, Roberto Tottoli (editors), (Torino: Einaudi, Grandi Opere, 2009)
  • 'Religion and the Internet', chapter in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion, Peter B. Clarke (editor), (Oxford: Oxford University Press, Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology, 2009), 705-722
  • "CyberMuslimUK: Islam, UK Muslim Communities and Cyberspace", chapter in Religious Minorities in the Age of Information, Göran Larsson (editor), (Stockholm: Swedish Science Press, 2006), 11-29
  • “Towards an Islamic Information Revolution?”, chapter in Muslims in the News Media, Liz Poole & John Richardson (editors), (London: IB Tauris, 2006), 153-164
  • "Islamic Inter-connectivity in a Virtual World", chapter in Muslim Networks: From Hajj to Hip Hop, Miriam cooke, and Bruce B. Lawrence (editors), (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005), 235-251
  • "Rip. Burn. Pray: Islamic Expression Online", chapter in Religion Online: Finding Faith on the Internet, Douglas E. Cowan and Lorne L. Dawson (editors), (New York: Routledge, 2004), 123-134.
  • "Mediterranean Islamic Expression on the World Wide Web" chapter in Islam and the Shaping of the Current Islamic Reformation,Barbara Allen Roberson (editor), (London: Frank Cass & Co., 2003), 164-186 [also in Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 7 No. 3 2002].

Encyclopaedia Entries

  • Entry, 'Islam and Social Media', for the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, (editor: Richard C. Martin (Gale, 2016)
  • Entry, "Islam Online”, for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (editor: John L. Esposito), (Oxford University Press, 2008)

Contribution to Reports

'Using the Internet as a 'jihadi' recruitment tool', edited transcript of presentation, in: IRIS, Institut de Relations Internationales et Strategiques, IRIS, L'Europe face au terrorisme, (Paris, IRIS, 2005).

Contributions to Journals

“Surfing the App Souq: Islamic applications for mobile devices”, CyberOrient, 2010"Negotiating Islam and Muslims in Cyberspace", in Concilium, 'Cyberspace Cyberethics Cybertheology' issue, 2005/1. Editors: Erik Borgman, Stephan van Erp and Hille Haker. Also in: German, Italian, French, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish editions."Towards an Islamic Information Revolution?", Global Dialogue, Vol. 6, No. 1-2, 2004, 108-117

Associated Material

“Gary Bunt on the 2009 Iranian presidential elections…”, University and Independent Publisher Blogs, 22 June 2009

“The Net Effect of Digital Islam”, The National(United Arab Emirates), 4 April 2009 [s1]I took out some of the older material (+ 10 years)

Editorial Duties

  • Co-author/editor (with Lisa Bernasek). Philosophical and Religious Studies Subject Centre and the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies.Islamic Studies provision in the UK, Report to HEFCE by the Higher Education Academy(HEFCE, 2010),
  • Co-author/editor (with Lisa Bernasek). Philosophical and Religious Studies Subject Centre and the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies.International approaches to Islamic studies in higher education, (HEFCE, 2009)
  • Faith Guides series, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism(Leeds, PRS Subject Centre, 2006) (series editor)
  • Editorial Board Member: Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life(Springer, 2006-). CyberOrient (2007-). Discourse (PRS Subject Centre, Higher Education Academy, 2000-11). Perspectives (Higher Education Academy, Islamic Studies Network, 2010-13)