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Islam and the University Curriculum: Experiences of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

07 December 13

In a fast-changing, multi-faith context, the incorporation of Islam on the curriculum is a salient issue for higher education disciplines. Religious diversity is growing, highlighted in the recently-released 2011 Census figures detailing the re-configuration of religious identification in England and Wales. According to the Census data, Muslims constitute the third largest grouping, after Christianity and No Religion, and the number of the population identifying as Muslim is increasing. This raises debate and discussion about how Islam is integrated into teaching and learning contexts in higher education settings. In recent years there has been widening interest about the place, or even non-place, of Islam on the curriculum, not only because of increases in Muslim students, but also because of the (often negative) discourses circulating about Islam. Debate has occurred around the need for greater religious literacy around religion more generally, and Islam in particular. To what extent are higher education institutions responding to these issues? How do Muslim students feel Islam is represented in higher education? Does a Christianised curriculum still dominate? How do non-Muslim students respond to the religious content of courses? And how do teachers respond to a more diverse student body? This symposium aims to address such questions, to understand the relationship between Islam and university curricula.

Please join us on December 7th 2013 at the BSA Meeting Rooms in London to find out more about how participants from a variety of disciplines and contexts have engaged with these issues. This BSA Socrel symposium is organized by Dr Abby Day (Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London) and Dr Sarah-Jane Page (School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University). Short summaries of the presentations will be distributed to all participants in advance, in order that brief presentations will be followed by active discussion. All participants will be expected to read the summaries and come prepared for a full day of engaging in vibrant exchanges across disciplines, countries, methods and other conventional boundaries.

Total delegate numbers are restricted to 35. Last year’s symposium was oversubscribed, and early registration is encouraged. Registration for the symposium is now available on the BSA website at http://portal.britsoc.co.uk/public/event/eventBooking.aspx?id=EVT10300

Information on the venue location and transport links, is available at http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/london-meeting-room.aspx

For any further information, please contact Sarah-Jane Page (s.page1@aston.ac.uk) and Abby Day (abby.day@goldsmiths.ac.uk). The full programme for the day will be published on the BSA Socrel website: http://www.socrel.org.uk/

Keynote lectures by Saeed Khan, Wayne State University, and Farid Panjwani, Institute of Education, University of London.

Confirmed Speakers:

Abby Day (Goldsmiths, University of London) – What’s Religious about Religious Identity?

Adam Dinham (Goldsmiths, University of London) Universities: Christian, Muslim, Secular and Plural – but do they know it?

Muhammed Haron (University of Botswana) Islam in Southern African Universities’ Curriculum: Challenges and Opportunities Rana Jawad (University of Bath) Islam and the Teaching of Social Policy Mariam Motamedi-Fraser (Goldsmiths, University of London) “But God is Neither Like Politics nor Birds”: Islam in the University, and in the University Classroom Amr Osman (Qatar University) Is Teaching Islam in a Muslim Country any Easier from Teaching it in a Non-Muslim Country?

Laurens de Rooij (Durham University) Islam in the British Education System as the Locus of Both Recognition and Integration Alison Scott-Baumann and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (University of Derby) Collaborative Partnerships between Universities and Muslim Institutions: Dismantling the Roadblocks

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