SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Omar Salha

BA (Hons), London, MA International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS
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Mr Omar Salha
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Thesis title:
Islamic Diplomacy and Ethics: Relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in Sport
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Omar is a Nohoudh scholar, Founder of the Ramadan Tent Project and a member of Football Beyond Borders. He featured in ‘Over the Wall’, a documentary about a London-based football team and their journey to play in Palestine. Elsewhere he has worked for The Humanitarian Forum, Islamic Relief, the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce and appeared on television and radio to discuss inter-faith dialogue, Islam in Britain and the West and code of ethics in humanitarian work. Omar is an active member of his local community and a regular contributor to Muslim social and charitable causes further afield. He speaks Arabic, English and Turkish and continues to participate and speak at several conferences and seminars locally and abroad. His twitter handle is @o_salha.

PhD Research

In our global community, the need for cross-cultural dialogue and exchange has never been more apparent. A decade after the UN's Global Development Compact, it is time once again to examine and build ties involving the integration and contribution of future leaders in our societies. Football, the world's global game, is capable as a passion, an experience and a language to transcend socio-cultural-religious boundaries and act as a shared medium through which to achieve dialogue, understanding and knowledge of the ‘other’. My proposed thesis, which analyses the relationship of Sports and Muslims, works within this agenda. Through engaging with this unexplored field of study, it is hoped that the wider community will be able to recognize and appreciate the value of contributions made to British, European and global sport and society. This will allow Muslims to reframe British and European sport in a way that takes into account their heritage and faith and celebrate community leadership thus making it at once more enriching and relevant.


Convenor: Sport and Diplomacy


Politics of the Lebanon, Turkey and the Levant, Orientalism, MENA, Soft Power, Public Diplomacy, Islam and the West, Islamic Diplomacy, Sport and Development, International Relations.