Dilwar Hussain is Head of the Policy Research Unit and Senior Research Fellow at the Islamic Foundation, Leicester.His research interests are in the areas of citizenship, Muslim communities in Europe and Muslim identity, and the challenge of evolving a fiqh for Muslim communities in Europe.
His publications include ‘Faith As Social Capital’ (2006, with Rob Furbey et al) and ‘Can Islam Make us British?’ in Madeleine Bunting’s Islam, Race and Being British (2005). He is also co-author/editor of ‘British Muslims between Assimilation and Segregation ‘ (2004 ) and ‘British Muslims: Loyalty and Belonging (2003) (both with Mohammed Seddon and Nadeem Malik). He has served as an assistant editor of the Muslim World Book Review.
He was appointed a commissioner at the CRE (Commission for Racial Equality) in April 2006. In 2005 he participated in the ‘Preventing Extremism Together’ working group, convened by the Home Office. He has served on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Urban Life and Faith (2004 to 2006) and is co-Chair of Alif-Aleph UK, a network which brings together British Jews and Muslims. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Foundation of St. Katharine’s Contextual Theology Centre, London and a Fellow of the Citizen Organising Foundation. He has been a member of the executive committees of the Islamic Society of Britain and the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO).
In an essay he notes, “only as confident, assertive and engaged citizens can Muslims continue to shape British society and be of service to it. This necessitates that they complete the paradigm shift that has already begun, to realise that Britain belongs to them and they to Britain”.
Dilwar Hussain was born in 1971 and studied at Kings College, London.