Delivered by: Dr. Abdullah Sahin [Head of Research and Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies and Education at the The Markfield Institute of Higher Education [MIHE] ].
Date: Sunday 27th May 2012 Time: 9am – 6pm
Venue: Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
An intensive overview of key areas of Islamic education in relation to contemporary mainsteam perspectives.
Islamic Educational Thought – Philosphical, dialectical and hermeneutical approaches.
Theology in Islamic Education and contemporary challenges
Classical & Modern Curriculum – A critical comparison
Critical Thinking – Reason, method and limits.
Pedadogy and Faith development
Historical overview of Islamic Institutions – Rise and decline
Contemporary Islamic education and Institutions – Problems and prospects
Extensive Q & A sessions
At one time, the Muslims lead the world in all fields of education. Scholars were polymaths, experts in many fields and people from all over the world came to study in the universities of Baghdad, Cordoba, Timbuktu and Samarkand. Syllabuses were diverse offering the Greek Sciences to the Sacred Islamic Sciences, critical and creative thinking were both accepted within bounds thus producing vast array of thoughts, ideas and literature that affected all civilisations to this day. Great Rulers and their wives patronised the institutions.
Today, there is not a single Muslim institute in the top 100 institutes of the world. Those with the lowest ability become Islamic Scholars, and this endless cycle of poor funding and support further perpetuated the downward spiral. The modern world has posed many challenges to “Teaching Islam”, “Islamic Theology”, the current institutes and “Islamic thought”. To this day, very little study and constructive critism has been done on Islamic Education in the past and of current, thus any change has been slow. In this course, we seek to highlight some of this notions and look at ways for improvement.