Faith and Photography

Using Auto-Photography in Eliciting Perceptions of Religious Identity


  • Asma Mustafa Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies



Auto-photography, Muslims, British, Islam, Qualitative Methods, Photography, Religion


This article explores the usage of the innovative method of auto photography in eliciting perceptions of religious identity. The article explores auto-photography as a research tool assisting in understanding religious identity and identification. Using static images in auto-photography triggers the respondents in expressing their connection to their faith. These images have a potential to generate further discussion on the subject matter of faith, religiousness and belief. Auto-photography is a helpful instrument in bridging spiritual feelings/thoughts and religiously oriented actions. It encourages respondents to express their feelings regarding faith after exploring the images taken using a camera. This article debates the use of auto photography through the case study of young Muslims in Britain. Based on this research project, the auto-photography method will be analysed as a research tool, revealing its usefulness in exploring faith matters and the challenges of using this method.


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Author Biography

Asma Mustafa, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

Asma Mustafa is the Salahuddin Abdul Jawad Research Fellow on Muslims in Britain at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and Senior Tutor and Senior Research Fellow at Linacre College, University of Oxford. Asma received her DPhil from Oxford University and has published her book Identity and Political Participation among Young British Muslims (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She has also contributed towards two edited volumes: Muslims and Political Participation in Britain (Routledge, 2015) and Young British Muslims: Rhetoric and Realities (Ashgate, 2015).


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How to Cite

Mustafa, A. (2015). Faith and Photography: Using Auto-Photography in Eliciting Perceptions of Religious Identity. Fieldwork in Religion, 9(2), 166–181.