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International approaches to Islamic studies in higher education

Auda, Jasser, Bernasek, Lisa, Bunt, Gary R., Canning, John, Gilbert, Jon, Hussain, Amjad, Kelly, Michael, McLoughlin, Seàn, Muhammad, Abu Dardaa and Smith, Simon Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (2008) International approaches to Islamic studies in higher education , Bristol, GB Higher Education Funding Council for England 92pp.

Record type: Monograph (Project Report)



This report considers the academic approach of selected countries (including the UK) to the study of Islamic studies in higher education. The objectives of the desk-based research, commissioned by HEFCE, were to:

*map different approaches to Islamic studies

*understand how publicly funded universities and colleges relate to private institutions that offer programmes of study in or related to Islamic studies

*understand the size and scope of Islamic studies capacity in each country in order to reach a judgement about the 'health of the discipline' in each country

*identify, for each country, whether Islamic studies has gained in prominence in the past 10 years, for what reason(s) and how policy-makers, Government or funding bodies have responded.

The report found that Islamic studies has increased in prominence in the eight countries surveyed. This has led to:

*efforts to incorporate aspects of the training of local Muslim leaders, including imams, into higher education programmes

*the development of inter- and trans-regional centres for the study of Islam and Muslims

*the development of modules related to Islamic studies that can be integrated into wider, and unrelated, programmes of study.

These findings will help HEFCE in the shaping of possible options for support for Islamic Studies in the UK.

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Published date: June 2008
Keywords: islamic studies, higher education, muslims, middle east studies


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Date deposited: 17 Jun 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:45

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Author: Jasser Auda
Author: Lisa Bernasek
Author: Gary R. Bunt
Author: John Canning
Author: Jon Gilbert
Author: Amjad Hussain
Author: Michael Kelly
Author: Seàn McLoughlin
Author: Abu Dardaa Muhammad
Author: Simon Smith

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