Monawar read Theology at the University of Oxford (1998), trained as an Imam at the Muslim College, London and holds an MA in Abrahamic Religions from the University of London (2016). He is Muslim Tutor and Imam at Eton College, Muslim Chaplain at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is the founder of The Oxford Foundation.
Monawar’s interests can be categorised as young people, communities and faith leadership.
At Eton College, he developed the first educational programme in the West tackling the radicalisation of young Muslims (14-18 yrs. old) entitled, Oxford Muslim Pupils’ Empowerment Programme (OMPEP). Key aspects of this were integrated into the national REsilience programme. He also served on the national board of Mosaic Networks, the Three Faiths Forum and the NSPCC national advisory board on safeguarding and Muslim children.
In Oxfordshire, he is founding member of the Oxford Council of Faiths; initiated the One World Festival, held annually at the Ashmolean Museum; successfully led the campaign to build the Central Oxford Mosque; board member of The Oxford Trust; Consultant to the Prison Phoenix Trust; Visitor, History of Science Museum; advisory board member, Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion; Vice President, Oxford Civic Society.
Beyond Oxfordshire, Monawar leads the national United for Peace: Communities united against Extremism initiative; is founding member of the Armed Forces Muslim Forum; Executive Committee member, World Congress of Faiths. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, University of Birmingham and Fellow, Royal Society of Arts.
Monawar and his wife Robina live in Cowley, Oxfordshire.