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ERIC Number: EJ828146
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1361-7672
Islam on Campus: Teaching Islamic Studies at Higher Education Institutions in the UK. Report of a Conference Held at the University of Edinburgh, 4 December 2006
Suleiman, Yasir; Shihadeh, Ayman
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v28 n3 p309-329 Dec 2007
This article reports a conference held at the University of Edinburgh on December 4, 2006. The "Islam on Campus" conference had considered a range of issues related to the future of Islamic Studies. It considered whether Islamic Studies should be considered a discipline or a subject area, whether its methods were essentially textual or ethnographic or both, and how these different elements should interact and relate. Thought had also been given to the way that the political, institutional and funding contexts shaped the practice of Islamic Studies. The potential impact of policy-making on academic freedom had been noted, as had the dangers of self-censorship and of the notion of the academic as a public intellectual. In the view of those present, there was no link between the teaching of the Islamic Studies curriculum and extremism among students. The Islamic Studies curriculum was balanced, nuanced and designed with the long-term intellectual interests of the student at heart. While lecturers delivered the curriculum with integrity, they could not control how students used the knowledge that they received. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom