Yahya Birt is a community historian who has taught at the University of Leeds. He has an M.Phil. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford. He has published over a dozen peer-reviewed articles on Islam in Britain and co-edited British Secularism and Religion: Islam, Society and State (Markfield: Kube, 2016) and Islam in Victorian Liverpool: An Ottoman Account of Britain’s First Mosque Community (Swansea: Claritas Books, 2021). He lives in West Yorkshire with his family and two cats. He likes walking and being grumpy about the state of the world.