Dr. Carl Morris

Dr. Carl Morris

Lecturer in Religion, Culture and Society

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Livesey House, LH119

+44 (0) 1772 89 3982


Subject Areas: Sociology

Dr Carl Morris is a lecturer in Religion, Culture and Society. His primary research interests relate to Muslims in Britain, sociology of religion, music, spirituality and popular culture. He recently conducted a three-year research project exploring the experiences of Muslim musicians in Britain. This involved ethnographic fieldwork with musicians and a consideration of the cultural, financial and religious contexts within which these musicians operate. He is currently engaged in an ongoing project looking at other forms of cultural production by Muslims in Britain (e.g., television, comedy, film etc). Dr Morris was General Secretary of the Muslims in Britain Research Network between 2014-17.

Full Profile


  • Ph.D. Religious Studies, Cardiff University, 2013
  • M.A. Islam in Contemporary Britain, Cardiff University, 2007
  • B.A. Philosophy, Cardiff University, 2006

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • Module Leader SOC101 – Introduction to Sociology and Contemporary Religion
  • Module Leader RB1003 – Dharma Religions
  • Module Leader RB1014 – Faith, Identity, Culture and Society
  • Module Leader RB3003 – Religion in a Global Village
  • Module Leader RB3007 – Religion, Media and Culture
  • Module Leader RB4003 – Contemporary Spirituality
  • Module Leader RB4007 – Religion and Global Dialogue


Morris, Carl (forthcoming, 2019) ‘British Muslims, music and religious authority: the contested ground of discourse and praxis’ in Laurens de Rooij (ed.) Discourses and Agency among Muslims in England, Berlin: Springer.

Morris, Carl (2019) ‘Islamic cosmopolitanism: Muslim minorities and religious pluralism in North America and Europe’ in Jan-Jonathan Bock, John Fahy and Sami Everett (eds.) Emergent Religious Pluralisms, London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-030-13810-3

Morris, Carl (2019) ‘The rise of a Muslim middle class in Britain: Ethnicity, music and the performance of Muslimness’, Ethnicities. ISSN 1468-7968

Morris, Carl (2019) ‘Sacred Sounds: Muslim Musicians, Cultural Evolution and Social Change in Britain’ in Andrey Rosowsky (ed.) Aspects of Performance in Faith Settings: Heavenly Acts, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-5275-2193-3.

Morris, Carl (2018) ‘Re-Placing the Term British Muslim: Discourse Difference and the Frontiers of Muslim Agency in Britain’, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. ISSN 1360-2004

Morris, Carl (2016) ‘Look into the Book of Life’: Muslim musicians, Sufism, and postmodern spirituality in Britain. Social Compass, 63 (3). pp. 389-404. ISSN 0037-7686

Morris, Carl (2016) Music and materialism: the emergence of alternative Muslim lifestyle cultures in Britain. In: Materiality and the Study of Religion: The Stuff of the Sacred. Theology and Religion in Interdisciplinary Perspective Series in Association with the BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group . Taylor and Francis. ISBN 9781472477835

Morris, Carl (2016) Finding a voice: young Muslims, music and cultural change in Britain. In: Young British Muslims: Between Rhetoric and Real Lives. Taylor and Francis. ISBN 9781472475558