Dr Andrey Rosowsky


School of Education

Senior Lecturer

Director of full-time MA Programme

Director of MA in Education

+44 114 222 8136

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Dr Andrey Rosowsky
School of Education
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

Andrey is the Director of the full-time MA in Education. Previous to this he was the Director of Initial Teacher Education and led the PGCE English course. He also supervises a number of doctoral students. He moved to the School of Education in January 2005 from a Local Education Authority where he had served for four years as the English Consultant for the KS3 National Strategy.

Previous to this, he had taught in a local secondary school for fifteen years, the last seven of which he spent as Head of English. He started his teaching career as a teacher of English Literature at an Egyptian English-medium secondary school, Victoria College, in Alexandria.

Research interests

Andrey's research interests include language and education, sociolinguistics, multilingualism and faith-based complementary schooling. He has published in the fields of multilingualism, the sociology of language, the sociology of language and religion, language and education and language and identity.

Much of his recent research is located within theoretical frameworks which view language as a social practice and language as performance. He recently led an AHRC-funded international research network on performance and faith: Heavenly Acts – aspects of performance through an interdisciplinary lens.



  • Rosowsky A (2021) The Performance of Multilingual and 'Ultralingual' Devotional Practices by Young British Muslims. Multilingual Matters Limited. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rosowsky A (2008) Heavenly readings. Multilingual Matters Ltd. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Al-Jazuli AAA & Rosowsky A (2006) Guide to Goodness (Dala'il al-Khayrat) (Complete Arabic-English Texts). Chicago: Kazi Publications. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

Journal articles


  • Rosowsky A (2023) Religious Ritual and Language in the Local Community In Pihlaja S & Ringrow H (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Language and Religion London: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rosowsky A (2020) Singing in My Language(s): How Religious Verse and Song Contribute to Minority Language Maintenance In Pandharipande RV, Eisenstein Ebsworth M & David MK (Ed.), Language Maintenance, Revival and Shift in the Sociology of Religion (pp. 33-50). Bristol: Multilingual Matters. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rosowsky A (2019) A Challenge to Monolingualism: The Performance of Multilingual Devotional Poetry and Song among Young British Muslims In Rosowsky A (Ed.), Heavenly Acts: Aspects of Performance in Faith Settings (pp. 168-185). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rosowsky A (2018) Virtual Allegiance: Online 'Ba`yah' Practices within a Worldwide Sufi Order In Rosowsky A (Ed.), Faith and Language Practices in Digital Spaces (pp. 209-233). Bristol: Multilingual Matters. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rosowsky A (2017) Muslim youth identities through devotional songs and poetry in South Yorkshire communities In Stevens D & Lockney K (Ed.), Students, Places and Identities in English and the Arts London: Taylor and Francis. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rosowsky A (2016) Heavenly Entextualisations: the acquisition and performance of classical religious texts In Lytra V, Volk D & Gregory E (Ed.), Navigating Languages, Literacies and Identities: Religion in Young Lives RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rosowsky A (2015) Heavenly Words: Researching Reading in Religious Settings In Wellington J (Ed.), Educational Research (pp. 125-130). London: Bloomsbury. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rosowsky A (2015) Heavenly Verses: the Role of Devotional Song in Minority Language Maintenance In Ostler N & Lintinger BW (Ed.), The Music of Endangered Languages (pp. 92-99). Hungerford: Foundation for Endangered Languages. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rosowsky A (2015) Faith Literacies In Pahl K & Rowsell J (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies (pp. 169-182). Abingdon: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rosowsky A (2013) Poetry, Culture and Identity In Dymoke S, Lambirth A & Wilson A (Ed.), Making Poetry Matter (pp. 180-183). London: Bloomsbury. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rosowsky A (2008) Muslim, English, or Pakistani? Multilingual identities in minority ethno-religious communities In Martinez P, Moore M & Spaeth V (Ed.), Plurilinguismes et enseignement - Identités en construction Paris: Riveneuve. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rosowsky A (2006) The role of liturgical literacy in UK Muslim communities In Fishman JA & Omoniyi T (Ed.), Explorations in the Sociology of Language and Religion (pp. 309-324). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Bramley R (2021) In Their Own Image: Voluntary Filmmaking at a Non-Profit Community Media Organisation. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

#supervisionaries - stories of brilliant doctoral supervision

Andrey was brought in to supervise my PhD project in Autumn 2017, when my former supervisor left the University. Stepping in to supervise a project that was not his own was no small feat, and yet, Andrey grasped the challenge with both hands, ensuring the continuity of my PhD, whilst also adding his own expertise to it. Rather than trying to mould the project into something more familiar to his own experience, he has found no difficulty in stepping out of his comfort zone in order to guide me as best he can. I am a better academic for his support, and a better person too.