Asma Khan

Asma Khan

I am Research Fellow in British Muslim Studies at the Islam-UK Centre, Cardiff University. I am interested in socio-economic inequalities, migration, and the everyday lives of British Muslims.

Location UK


  • Welcome to the course Gill. I hope you find it informative and enjoyable.

  • Thanks for the feedback @ZitaMahmood, all very helpful for us.

  • Hi Sharon, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I think it's important to think about language and consider whether we might be perpetuating negative stereotypes when we share our thoughts. 'Huge' families might be replaced with larger than average families - not all Muslim families have 7 children! And Muslim women face a number of barriers to work, which might...

  • Hi Atiya. I hope you are enjoying your learning journey.

  • Welcome Sarah. I hope you enjoy your learning journey.

  • Welcome to the course Antje.

  • Hi Lorraine. I hope you enjoy the course.

  • Hello Teresa, welcome to the course.

  • Hi Tracey, welcome to the course.

  • Hi Julie, welcome to the course. Thanks for introducing yourself.

  • Hi Eevi-Helena, welcome to the course.

  • Welcome to the course Michaela. I hope you find it useful.

  • Welcome to the course Fanny.

  • Welcome to the course Musarah.

  • Welcome to the course Mohammed. I hope it's useful for your very important work.

  • Welcome to the course, Atia. I hope you find it useful.

  • Welcome to the course Sharon. I hope the course is beneficial for you, and those you support.

  • Welcome the course Sarah, I hope you find it informative and enjoyable.

  • Welcome to the course Izees

  • Thanks @AzizaDar. The Centre for Media Monitoring indeed do some important work. Here is a link for those who might want to find out more:

  • @KarenSaxl That is an interesting interpretation @KarenSaxl, thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you for sharing your question @ZainabR, it is an important one. You''ll find some suggestions and points for consideration throughout the course and particularly in Week 4. Please do continue sharing your ideas and questions :)

  • Welcome to the course @FionaMillen, we hope you find it informative and helpful in your work.

  • @JusnaKhanom you are quite, colonisation had a huge impact on migration trajectories and experiences and there is a whole body of literature on this. Unfortunately, it wasn't possible to delve into the important topics of colonisation/decolonisation in the space of the course. Following some of the links to further reading should allow learners to look more...

  • Thank you for adding to the conversation @FAITHINWELL-BEING.

  • Thank you for sharing your experiences here @FarahAhmed

  • Do you mean British-born and/or educated by "modern" Muslims @DebraWinstanley?

    Even the most educated Muslims might hold a strong belief in the supernatural in ways that influence their daily life. This is not necessarily problematic, and can support better mental health.

    Attributing mental health problems to jinn possession is more common amongst some...

  • Belief in the supernatural, including Jinn, is part of the Islamic tradition and one that most Muslims will hold. However, the belief that Jinn can cause or explain mental health problems is problematic, and might be the result of misinterpretation or misunderstanding of religious texts. It can lead to stigma and prevent people from seeking professional...

  • I really like it is a holistic perspective too @DebraWinstanley, and certainly not one just for work!

  • Great to see perspectives from other countries, I wonder if other learners have found differences from the British context too? Thanks for sharing @AaronReidenbach

  • Welcome to the course @SophieLouiseBamber! We hope you find it informative and enjoyable.

  • Hi @OmemaKam - these are important questions. The roles of mosques and imams in mental health support and promotion are covered in more detail later in the course.

  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts @OmemaKam - practical considerations are important to keep in mind.

  • Thank you for sharing your reflections here and throughout the course @AaronReidenbach, I'm really pleased that you have found it a space where you felt able to do so, and that you are motivated to encourage greater dialogue in your practice sphere as a result.

  • Thank you for sharing your thoughts here @SarahF. Definitions of mental health problems certainly seem like a continuous work in progress, as they perhaps should be - reflecting upon terminology and what it means to different people is an important part of understanding experiences.

  • It is, and from our conversations and research, we can see that Imam's would value the opportunity for such training. Again, however, it is important to remember that mental health support is only one aspect of their work.

  • Thanks for sharing your ideas @trishbutler - I think they sound great and mutually supportive and beneficial.

    It is important to remember however that Imams roles are often much wider than the provision of mental health support, for example, they oversee congregational prayers and have a role to play in all the births, deaths and marriages in their...

  • Great to see you sharing your thoughts and reflections @LilyDryburgh-Smith, and yes, we do hope that this course is part of a wider conversations around minority religious beliefs too.

  • Thanks for the signposting to the Imams project @RodericVassie. This is an ongoing study and the results from it are currently being analysed ready for dissemination. Dr Timol and Dr Sidat have shared some of their early findings with the us in this course, publications and other resources will be available from the project in the future.

  • @RifaatRafiq There isn't a single national body of mosques, even with regional councils of mosques there are some mosques that are members in a given area whilst others are not. This makes it difficult to spread a single message but it may be possible through working closely with those who are aware of these nuances and differences, and can work across...

  • Thank you for sharing your thoughts here @RifaatRafiq. Could you say a little more about why it can be difficult to focus on spirituality in your setting?

  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts here @KarenSaxl. I wonder why you wouldn't carry it over into a professional setting. Would sharing spiritual beliefs such as these make it easier for others to do the same?

    I know when I saw your comment it reminded me that Dr Ali and I have a running joke ever since he observed that I touch wood (when there is some...

  • I guess this would vary from individual to individual, and from community to community. Dependent mainly on their perspective of being a 'good Muslim' - later, in Week 2, Dr Rothman talks about this being about the journey, and not the destination. But how this is understood on an individual level might be very different.