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Sughra Ahmed

Sughra Ahmed

Associate Dean for Religious Life

Sughra Ahmed is Associate Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University. Her role includes teaching and pastoral care with a focus on person centered care of staff and students on campus. She brings together a unique blend of experience in academia, policy and community activism. She is a Yale Greenberg World Fellow at Yale University, a Research Associate at St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge and a Trustee of the Islamic Society of Britain; where she previously served as Chair, 2013-16. She’s a member of the Advisory Council of the Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies (CIRIS), Clare College, UK.


Previously, Ahmed was at the Woolf Institute in the Centre for Policy and Public Education, where she had responsibility for the design and delivery of research and training on issues such as faith, belief, communities and integration. She also worked as Research Fellow in the Policy Research Centre where she explored the migratory and settlement experiences of first generation Muslim women and men in the UK (, and worked with a number of organizations to consider the issues young people face whilst growing up in the UK and the impact of this on wider British communities.


Sughra is a Women of the World Festival (WOW) 2018 Committee Member, Trustee of the think-tank These Islands, Specialist of the Christian Muslim Forum and Distinguished Friend of the Migration Museum, London. She specializes in interfaith relations, is a public speaker and regularly contributes to media discussions, particularly on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for The Day’ program. In 2014, she was awarded the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Award for Muslim Woman of the Year at the British Muslim Awards.


Ahmed has a BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, MA Islamic Studies, Diploma in Islamic Jurisprudence and is a qualified Chaplain.


Her publications include:


Bridging the Gap: strengthening relations between hospices and Muslims of Britain (2015). Hospice UK and Together for Short Lives.

The voices of young British Muslims: identity, belonging and citizenship (2015). Chapter in Youth & Policy Journal.

Somalis in Leicester (2014). Open Society Foundations: At Home in Europe Project. OSF, London.

British by Dissent (2014). Muslim Youth Helpline, London.

Muslims in EU Cities - Leicester (2009). Open Society Foundations: At Home in Europe Project. OSF, London.

Seen and Not Heard: Voices of Young British Muslims (2009). Policy Research Centre, Leicester, UK.



A Brit in the Bible Belt (2016). Essay in Critical Muslim. Muslim Institute, UK. Issue 24, Populism.

Encounters in Dialogue: A Muslim Reflection on Christians and Christianity (2012). Chapter in Beyond the Dysfunctional Family: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Dialogue With Each Other and With Britain. CreateSpace, UK, pp. 115-123.

Young British & Muslim (2010). Chapter in Youth Work and Islam - A Leap of Faith for Young People. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, pp. 39-52.