Dr. Samaya Farooq: Post-Doctoral Researcher in Sport and Outreach

Academic Profile

Samaya successfully completed her PhD from the Sociology department at the University of Warwick in July 2010. She began her post-doc at the University of Gloucestershire in February 2010. The position offers her the opportunity to both broaden and diversify her current research interests in sport and its potential to operate as an agent for (social, cultural, political, ideological) change(s). As part of this role, Samaya is also an Advisory Board member to the ‘Centre for Sport and Spirituality’, and placement tutor for the ‘Sport Malawi’ initiative.


  • BA (First Class Hons) Physical Education and Sport and Exercise Sciences and Social and Applied Psychology (First Class)
  • MA (Distinction) Sport, Politics and Society
  • PhD Sociology (ESRC funded)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport
  • Sociology of Sport Journal Award Committee (November 2008-November 2009)
  • British Sociological Association's Sport Study Group
  • International Association for Physical Education and Sport for Women and Girls
  • Northern Association for Post-Colonial Studies- British Association for South Asian Studies

Central Research Interests

  • Religion (Islam), sport, leisure and Muslim women
  • Sport and the re/construction of (Asian/Muslim/religious) identities (in diaspora)
  • Colonialism and its legacies (within and beyond sport)
  • Gender and Self/Bodywork in/through Sport
  • Islam and Physical Education in Islamic Faith Schools
  • Islam, Physical Education and the social re/construction of Muslim Masculinities
  • Asian and Islamic Feminism
  • Sport and Community Development

Publication Profile

Farooq, S. (Forthcoming). 'Tough Talk', Muscular Islam and Football: Young British Pakistani Muslim Masculinities. In Burdsey, D. (Ed.). 'Race', Ethnicity and Football: Persisting Debates and Emergent Issues. Available January 2011
Farooq, S. and Parker, A. 2009. Sport, Physical Education and Islam: Muslim Independent Schooling and the construction of Masculinities. Sociology of Sport Journal. Vol. 26 (2): 277-295
Farooq, S. and Parker, A. 2009. Sport, Social Identity and Islam. In J. Harris., and A. Parker. (Eds.). Sport and Social Identities. Macmillan Publishers Ltd
Farooq, S., and Griggs, G. 2008. Girls from Ethnic Minorities: Sport Participation. PE & Sport Today

Invited Conference Presentations

Farooq, S. 2010. Tough Talk', Muscular Islam and Football: Young British Pakistani Muslim Masculinities. Paper presented at the ‘Researching Youth Conference’, University of Loughborough, Institute of Youth Sport, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. 10th of November
Farooq, S. 2010. Religion, Honour and Obey: The Voices of British Muslim Women. Keynote speech at the 'Religion, Honour and Obey' workshop for 'Strive' - An organisation encouraging women to speak up. 8th of June, Leicester. St. Phillips Centre
Farooq, S. 2010. De-Colonising the British Muslim Women's Basketball Team. Paper presented at 'Islam and Post-Colonialism' conference. University of Sunderland, 16-17th of April 2010
Farooq, S. 2010. "Shooting Hoops for Britain": Post-Colonial Identities and British Muslim Women's Basketball. Paper presented at BASAS conference, University of Warwick. 29th -31st of March 2010
Farooq, S. 2010. Impediments to Sport: A British Case Study of South Asian Muslim Women. Workshop presentation at the 'Women at Work' conference. Morocco, Rabat. 23rd-24th February 2010. Organised and Funded by the British Council and UK Sport.
Farooq, S. 2010. Morocco and the UK: How to create a co-operative organisational platform? Workshop co-ordinated at the 'Women at Work' conference. Morocco, Rabat. 23rd-24th February 2010. Organised and funded by the British Council and UK Sport.
Farooq, S. 2010. "Shooting Hoops for Britain": The British Muslim Women's Basketball Team and the Women's Islamic Games. Paper presented at the 'Women and Gender Seminar Series' at the University of Warwick, Department of Sociology. 27th of January 2010
Farooq, S. and Parker, A. 2009. Islam, Sport and Physical Education: The Case of 'Muslim Masculinities'. Workshop on 'Sport Provision for Muslim Communities in Birmingham and Leicester': A British Academy funded project. University of Loughborough 14th October 2009
Farooq, S. 2009. Headscarves, Sports Bras and Muslim Women’s Basketball. 16th International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women Congress Conference. University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa. 16th – 18th July 2009
Farooq, S. 2009. Islamic Independent Schooling, post-9/11 Muslim Masculinities and The Origins of ‘Muscular Islam’. 4th International Conference for Journal of South Asian Popular Culture: Two-day conference, University of Manchester. 6th – 7th July 2009
Farooq, S. 2009. "Soldiers of Islam”: Football, Muscular Islam and Re-configuring the ‘Muslim male subject’ (in post 9/11 Britain). Paper presented at the University of Brighton one-day seminar/workshop on Race, Ethnicity and Football. 22nd of May 2009
Farooq, S. and Parker, A. 2009. Sport, Religion and Social Identity: Muslim independent schooling and the social construction of masculinities. Paper presented at the ‘British Sociological Association’s’ Annual Regional Seminar. University of Gloucestershire. 1st of April 2009
Farooq, S. 2009. “Being the Boundary Breaker”: The Dangerous Territory of Sport for Muslim Women (Researchers). Paper presented at the Third Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference “Breaking Boundaries: Time, Space and Ideas”. University of Warwick. 7th of March 2009
Farooq, S. and Parker, A. 2008. Sport, Physical Education and Religion: Islam, Jihad and Masculine Construction. Paper presented at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport conference. Denver, Colorado, USA. 8th of November 2008
Farooq, S. 2007. The Status and Rights of Women in Islam. Paper presented at International Women's Week. University of Warwick. 17th of March 2007

Teaching Profile

Samaya is currently on the following modules at the University of Gloucestershire:
  • Sport in Society (level 2)
  • Adaptive Physical Activity (level 3)
  • Sport and Consumer Society (Level 3)
She is also the module tutor for the ‘Sport and Community Development’ taught Masters programme, and has been a visiting lecturer at the following institutions:
  • The University of Birmingham, The School of Education (2008 - 2010)
  • Newman University College of HE, Department of Sports Sciences (2007-2008)
  • University of Wolverhampton, The School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure
Source: http://insight.glos.ac.uk/faculties/as/staffprofiles/dsestaff/Pages/drsamayafarooq.aspx