Islamic Human Rights Commission Team

Ms Arzu Merali heads the research section at the Islamic Human Rights Commission.  She is author and co-author of a number of publications on Islamophobia, including ‘Environment of Hate: The New Normal for Muslims in the UK’ (2015), ‘Only Canadian: The Experience of Hate Moderated Differential Citizenship for Muslims’ (2014), ‘Once Upon A Hatred: Muslim Experiences in the USA’ (2013) and ‘France and the Hated Society’ (2012).  She was project co-ordinator and co-author of six reports funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Foundation between 2004 – 2007 on British Muslims’ Expectations of the Government.

She recently joined the editorial board at Amrit Publishers. Her research interests include human rights, gender, (anti)racism, Islamophobia and critical legal theory.  Her academic background includes degrees and postgraduate degrees in English Literature (BA Hons and MA Hons Cantab) and International Relations (MA Hons, Kent) and a postgraduate diploma in law (PgDip Nottingham Trent).


Dr Luis Manuel Hernandez Aguilar is a Research Officer in the Islamic Human Rights Commission, England. He completed his Ph.D in Sociology at the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and his undergraduate studies at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences campus México (FLACSO México), and the Metropolitan Autonomous University in México City. Luis M. Hernandez research focuses on race and racism, Islamophobia, theories of the state, postcolonial theory, and discourse analysis. His most recent publications are: (2017) ‘Suffering’ Rights And Incorporation. The German Islam Conference and the Integration of Muslims as a Discursive Means of their Racialization SPECIAL ISSUE ON RELIGION. European Societies, and (2016) The Imam of the Future. On Racism and the German Islam Conference. Islamophobia Studies Yearbook, 7, 66–85.


Dr Andrea Bila completed her PhD in social and political sciences and her graduate studies in Cultural history of the English-speaking world at Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris, France. Her PhD dissertation dealt with the socio-political mobilisation of Muslim communities and institutional responses to their presence in Great Britain and France. Her research interests lie in the area of multiculturalism, minority rights, integration and identity-building, public perceptions of Muslims and Islam and elimination of stereotypes. She has also been contributing on these issues to various journals and speaking at international conferences. In 2015 she joined Open Society Foundation Slovakia as Manager of the “Democracy and Human Rights” programme, supervising the programme area “Fight against discriminations, racism and xenophobia”. Prior to joining Open Society Foundation Slovakia, she held the position of a Teaching Assistant at the University Paris IV-Sorbonne and the University Paris XIII. She was also involved in a number of community projects focusing mainly on promoting a dialogue about diversity, equality and democratic values.