Dr. Maz started his university academic and teaching career as a Research Associate at the University of Birmingham in 2001. Having worked on a joint project with the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford on ethnic minority defendants' perceptions of their treatment by the criminal justice system, Maz then joined Coventry University as a Visiting Lecturer in Law in 2002 and then as a full-time Lecturer in Law in 2003.
Maz has since worked at a number of other universities, including teaching law and criminology at Anglia Ruskin University (2011-2012), the University of Derby and one of its affiliate colleges (2013-2016) and was appointed Lecturer in Law at MMU in March 2016.
Why do I teach?
Maz enjoys teaching very much. He enjoys exchanging ideas and seeing students develop and prosper. He finds nothing more satisfying than seeing students have their "light-bulb" moments. Maz is also very supportive of those who belong to minority or disadvantaged backgrounds.
Words of wisdom
Never give up; keep calm and carry on; if at first you don't succeed, try and try again!
How I’ll teach you
Maz will ask you to think critically about the subjects and issues that he teachs. He will ask you to contribute to discussions and will seek to challenge any preconceived ideas that you may have had about studying law.
Academic and professional qualifications
Lecturer on LLB Law and Society
Lecturer on LLB Public Law
Lecturer on LLB Criminology
Supervisor on LLB DIssertations
Unit Leader for LLM Law, Terrorism and Human Rights
Supervisor on LLM Dissertations
Violence Against Women / Domestic Violence
Violence Against South-Asian Women
Other academic service (administration and management)
LLM Co-Ordinator for Human Rights
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study Law, Criminal Justice, Criminology and Human Rights?
By studying law and criminal justice-based modules at MMU, you will join a vibrant and enthusiastic course that allows you to approach a number of subjects from socio-legal perspectives. Maz, and his colleagues, take a socio-legal approach to teaching and research and teach contemporary topics such as forced marriages, honour-based violence, sentencing of defendants, treatment of victims, terrorism and the law.
One of the benefits of our modules is that they are taught by a team of experts consisting of criminologists, lawyers and sociologists.
Maz teaches on the LLB Law Degree, at Levels 4 and 6.
Maz teaches on the LLM Human Rights. He is the LLM Coordinator and Unit Leader for Law, Terrorism and Human Rights at Level 7.
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
Dr. Maz recently completed his PhD at Anglia Ruskin University on the subject of ‘Honour’-Based Violence in Ethnic communities in England and Wales (2018). His external examiner was Professor Lynn Welchman, of SOAS.
Maz has a wide research interest and his main publications to date focus on violence against women, honour-based violence and forced marriages.
Books (authored/edited/special issues)
MM. Idriss, T. Abbas (2010). Honour, Violence, Women and Islam. London, United Kingdom: London: Routledge-Cavendish.
MM. Idriss (2011). Book Review: Pascale Fournier, Muslim Marriage in Western Courts: Lost in Transplantation. Religion and Human Rights. 6, pp.196-198.
MM. Idriss (2006). The defeat of Shabina Begum in the House of Lords. Liverpool Law Review. 27(3), pp.417-436.
MM. Idriss (2006). Jilbaabs in Schools - The Case of R (On the Application of Shebina Begum) v Headteacher and Governors of Denbigh High School (CA). Nottingham Law Journal. pp.19-27.
MM. Idriss (2006). The House of Lords, Shabina Begum and Proportionality. The Judicial Review: selected papers. pp.239-245.
MM. Idriss (2005). Laïcité and the banning of the ‘hijab’ in France. Legal Studies. 25(2), pp.260-295.
MM. Idriss (2005). R (On the Application of Shabina Begum) v Headteacher and Governors of Denbigh High School (CA). The Judicial Review: selected papers. pp.296-302.
MM. Idriss (2004). Police perceptions of race relations in the West Midlands. Criminal Law Review. pp.814-831.
MM. Idriss (2002). Religion and the anti-terrorism, crime and security act 2001. Criminal Law Review. pp.890-911.
MM. Idriss (2001). The Power to Impose Curfew Orders. Justice of the Peace. pp.58-62.
MM. Idriss (2001). Changing the Law for Cannabis Users - A Reply. 165 Justice of the Peace. pp.484-489.
MM. Idriss (2001). Islam and the Human Rights Act 1998. Justice of the Peace. pp.759-762.
MM. Idriss (2001). Criminal Law and Religious Discrimination. 165 Justice of the Peace. pp.618-622.
MM. Idriss (2001). Re: Incitement to Religious Hatred - A Reply. Justice of the Peace. pp.951-951.
MM. Idriss (2000). The "Disorderly" Football Disorder Act 2000. 106 The Criminal Lawyer. pp.3-4.
MM. Idriss (2000). The Jury was Right to Convict Tony Martin. Coventry Law Journal. pp.46-51.
MM. Idriss (2000). The Therapeutic Use of Cannabis - It Is "High Time" for Reform. 164 Justice of the Peace. pp.1007-1010.
MM. Idriss (1999). The Problems with Anti-Social Behaviour Orders under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Coventry Law Journal.
Chapters in books
MM. Idriss, T. Abbas (2010). An Introduction. M. Idriss, T. Abbas. In: Honour, Violence, Women and Islam. Routledge, pp.1-15.
S. Kausar, S. Hussain, MM. Idriss (2010). Does the Quran Condone Domestic Violence?. M. Idriss, T. Abbas. In: Honour, Violence, Women and Islam. London: Routledge-Cavendish, pp.96-113.
MM. Idriss (2017). The Forgotten Voices - Male Victims of Honour-Based Violence. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK, 8/11/2017.
MM. Idriss Respect Young People Practitioner Network - Is HBV a Form of DV? Or Should it be Considered Separately?. Friends House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS, 26/4/2016.
MM. Idriss Recent Legal Reforms in Domestic Violence/Is HBV Different to DV/The Voices of Survivors and Key Agents. Nottinghamshire Community Housing Association, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 16/2/2016.
MM. Idriss Criminalising Forced Marriage. Nottinghamshire Community Housing Association, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 19/11/2014.
HBV and Forced Marriage Roadshow (2018)
November 2018, £1,000 ESRC Grant - '21st Century Man' Conference, MMU.
In February 2018, Maz (along with Dr. Annapurna Waughray) was awarded an internal grant by RKE (£5,500) to deliver a series of Roadshows across the country on HBV and forced marriages. The Roadshow will culminate with a presentation in Parliament, where Maz, Annapurna and Rani Bilkhu (of Jeena Charity) will present their findings to the House of Lords (October 2018), with a view towards improving support, intervention and protection for victims and survivors.
Maz is Trustee of the domestic abuse organisation The Elm Foundation (@elm_foundation).
Impact and influence on policy
The HBV and Forced Marrage Roadshow 2018 will culminate in a presentation to Parliament and the House of Lords on the Roadshow's findings. The purpose of the presentation is to provide impact and influence on policy development in the area, with the view towards providing improved intervention and protection to victims and survivors.