Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam

Public launch of the Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam

The public launch of the new Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam will take place at the Being Human 2016 event, Canon to critique: the future of Islamic education, which takes place on Saturday 19 November 2016, 11.00-13.00 at the Bait ul Aman Mosque, Bradford, West Yorkshire.

The event details are below:

For at least a decade there has been a growing movement of young Muslims across all regions of the UK who choose to travel abroad to study at religious seminaries (madrasa) across the Muslim world. However, the madrasa system is controversial as, on the one hand, it is perceived in the West as a conduit of extremism and, on the other, an institution lacking pedagogic criticality. In a lecture by Dr Tajul Islam, followed by a one-to-one conversation between Dr Tajul Islam and Dr Mustapha Sheikh, probing questions will be asked about the classical madrasa model and the ways that canonical texts are taught within it; the problems associated with non-critical engagement with canonical texts in pedagogic settings; and ways of approaching the texts from a position of both critical engagement and sensitivity/respect.

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