CFP Deadline: 28 February,Conference on collaborative partnerships between universities and Muslim institutions, Britain

This is a call for papers for two conferences being organised as part of an ESRC funded follow-on project exploring Collaborative Partnerships between universities and Muslim institutions on 23rd May 2013, Senate House, London and 27th June 2013, Birmingham University, Birmingham. Proposal abstracts must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday 28th February, 2013

This project builds on previous research around Muslim faith leadership, Islamic Studies in pluralist British contexts, women’s education and learning Arabic. The organizers  research findings indicate that it is possible to address these issues at higher education level, focusing particularly on ways to forge a more cohesive society for Muslims and other Britons. This work will bring together Islamic Studies academics, scholars and practitioners (including professionals who may have aspects of Islamic studies in their work) to facilitate increased collaborative partnerships and linkages between UK universities and Muslim institutions, and is aimed both at academia and Muslim communities.

The organizers welcome papers that explore any aspect of Islamic education at the HE (Higher Education) and FE (Further Education) levels, both in validated and non-validated sectors in Britain and beyond. They are particularly keen to include papers that incorporate the following themes:
1. Islamic Education for cohesion, pluralism and inter-faith dialogue
2. Collaborative educational models in the UK and beyond
3. Barriers to collaborative partnerships and possible solutions
4. International and local best practice
5. Approaches to theological training in other faiths
6. Teaching and learning Arabic

Further details on the conference and proposal submission process are available at the website.

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