• 22 Citations

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Personal profile


Dr Samantha May is a lecturer in the department of Politics and International Relations. She completed her AHRC funded doctorate at the University of Aberdeen in 2011 on Islamist ideologies and practices.

Dr May was awarded the Student Choice  'Most Inspirational Lecturer' of the Year Award for 2016 and 'Best Lecturer' award in 2014. She was also nominated for the College of Arts and Social Sciences teaching exellence award for  2015 and 2014.

Teaching Responsibilities:


Course Coordinator: Political Islam: Ideologies and Practices.

Team Lecturer for: Global Politics: Equality and Inequality


Taught Masters:

Course Coordinator: Religion, Conflict and Security.

Team Lecturer for: International Political Economy: Theory and Themes

Research Interests:

Broadly, my research interests lay within the relationship between politics and religion with a particular focus upon Political Islam and Islamist movements. 

Currently I am researching the political and economic role of zakat and Islamic charity within the U.K and the consequences and challenges posed by recent changes within U.K charity law. Previous research was primarily concerned with Political Islam within the Middle East, in particular Hamas and Hizbullah. The focus of my research is the memory and legacy of Imperial non-Western political polities as an alternative to the Westphalian nation-state and the challenges they pose to current dominating ideas of territory, identity and economic practice.

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Research Output

  • 22 Citations
  • 6 Article
  • 1 Commissioned Report
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Islamic Charitable Giving in the UK: A ‘Radical’ Economic Alternative?

May, S., 11 Sep 2019, In : New Political Economy. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • "The Best of Deeds": The Practice of Zakat in the UK

    May, S., 2019, In : Journal of Church and State. 61, 2, p. 200-221 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    The Rise of the “Resistance Axis”: Hezbollah and the Legacy of the Taif Accords

    May, S., 2019, In : Nationalism and Ethnic Politics. 25, 1, p. 115-132 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Remembering the Umma in the Confines of the Nation State

    May, S. J. & Sheikh, F., Sep 2015, Religion in Diaspora: Cultures of Citizenship. Garnett, J. & Hausner, S. L. (eds.). UK: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 80-99 19 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Sharia and the Making of the Modern Egyptian: Islamic Law and Custom in the Courts of Ottoman Cairo

    May, S., Sep 2015, In : Politics Religion and Ideology. 15, 3, p. 474-476 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Press / Media

    Jihad: A Misunderstood Struggle?

    Samantha Jane May


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other

    Are we really seeing the rise of a ‘new jihad’?

    Samantha Jane May


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Articles in 'The Conversation'