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Dr Salman Al-Azami

0151 291 3223

Name: Dr Salman Al-Azami


Job Title: Senior Lecturer in Language, Media and Communication


Subject(s): English Language and Media and Communication


School: Humanities


Phone: 01512913223





Short Biography


I had my primary education in Dhaka, Manchester, and Kuwait in the 1970s and secondary and higher secondary education in Dhaka, Bangladesh in the 1980s. I then went to India to study at the famous Aligarh Muslim University where I completed my BA (Hons), MA, and PhD in Linguistics winning the University Gold Medal for the highest academic achievement. My PhD dissertation was on the language of advertising in Bangladesh under the supervision of Professor A R Fatihi, one of the most prominent linguists in India.

I began my teaching career in Bangladesh in 1996 teaching at several universities until coming to the UK in 2004-05 to pursue postdoctoral research in Sociolinguistics at Edge Hill University. I then worked at Goldsmiths, University of London, and the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) in various research and community projects and also taught part-time modules at Edge Hill University and the University of Cumbria before joining Liverpool Hope University in 2008. My areas of expertise include language, religion and the media, Language of Islamophobia, multilingualism, language in education, language maintenance and shift, political discourse, and South Asian popular culture. I have supervised one successful PhD student and am currently supervising another PhD project.

I sit on the editorial board of the American Journal of Islam and Society published by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). I have reviewed books published by Cambridge University Press and Kube Publishing and regularly review articles for reputed peer-reviewed journals published by Routledge, Sage and Equinox. I have so far examined more than 10 PhD dissertations from the UK and India.


I take a keen interest in politics and international relations and have written opinion pieces for different international platforms including the Huffington PostOpen DemocracyThe Platform, and Anadolu Agency.

Teaching Specialisms:


Language and Society

Research Projects in Language and Linguistics

Media Theories

Language and Diversity

Religion in the Media

Research Methods in Media



School/Faculty Roles:


Chair, Cross-School Ethics Committee

Level C Coordinator for English Language

Convener – Muslims in Britain Research Group


Recent works:


Gendered Islamophobia in BBC TV drama Bodyguard - under preparation

Representation of Islam and Muslims in British TV dramas - under preparation

Media Coverage of Gaza: Absence of Ethics? - under preparation

Recent Publications and Projects



Religion in the Media: A Linguistic Analysis. Palgrave Macmillan. 2016.

Language of Advertising in Bangladesh. Open House Press, UK. 2007.

Language Maintenance and Shift among the Bangladeshis in Manchester. ICDES, Edge Hill University, UK. 2005.

Edited Book

Al-Azami, S. (Ed.) Media Language on Islam and Muslims: Terminologies and Their Effects. Palgrave 2023. 

Co-Authored Book

Fatihi, A.R, Sheikh, A.M. and Al-Azami, S. Communicative Dimensions of Quranic Translations: A Case Study of Surah Fatiha. Adam Publishers, New Delhi, India. 2005. 

Book Chapters

Ethnic minority language use at home and in schools: An investigation into Somali children's bilingualism in Manchester. In Warner, A.D. (Ed.), Ethnic and Cultural Identity: Perceptions, Discrimination and Social Challenges, Nova Science Publishers, USA. 2015. pp. 103-120

Grandmothers as orchestrators of early language and literacy lessons. In Lytra, V. and Martin, P. (Eds.) Sites of Multilingualism: Complementary Schools in Britain Today, Trentham Books.2010. pp 57-68.

Language Variation and Change among the Bangladeshis in Manchester. In Warsi, J. (Ed.) Linguistic Dynamism in South Asia. Gyan Publishers, India. 2008. pp. 143 - 162.

Journal Articles

Language of Islamophobia in Right-Wing British Newspapers. In Journal of Media and Religion (Taylor & Francis). Online Version. August 2021.

The Portrayal of the Female Protagonist in Sarat Chandra's Devdas and Its Two Hindi Film Adaptations: A Critical Discourse Analysis. In AMU Journal of Language and Media Discourse, Vol 2, Issue 1-2, 2019-20.

Saratchandra's Devdas: A Comparison Between the Original Bengali Text and its Two Hindi Film Adaptations. In South Asian Cultural Studies. Special Issue 2018, pp. 62-71.

From Bengali to English: Sequential Bilingualism of a second generation British Bangladeshi. In International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (Taylor & Francis). Vol. 17, Issue 4, 2014. pp. 484 - 497.

"Transliteration as a bridge to learning for bilingual children. In International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (Taylor & Francis). Vol. 13, Issue 6, 2010. pp. 683-700.

Bilingual poetry: expanding the cognitive and cultural dimensions of children learning. In Literacy (journal of UKLA, the United Kingdom Literacy Association). 2008. Vol. 42, Issue 2, pp. 92-100.

Bilingual Learning for Second and third generation Children. In Language, Culture and Curriculum (Taylor & Francis). 2008. Volume 21, Issue 2, pp. 120-137.

Linguistic Manipulations in the Bengali Language by the Bangladeshis in Manchester. In South Asian Cultural Studies, 1(1), 53-59.