Adelaide is set to host the 2nd Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference from Tuesday 11 to Wednesday 12 July organised by the University of South Australia’s Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) and supported by Islamic Schools Association (ISAA) of Australia. 

Presenters and delegates from all over Australian as well as from North America, Indonesia, Brunei and New Zealand come together for this now central International conference on Islamic schooling.

This event is the premier gathering for scholars, academics, policy specialists, educational leaders, teacher researchers, and educational partners in the field of Islamic schooling.

Across two days the conference will explore the theme of curriculum in Islamic schooling. Delegates can expect robust presentations and evidenced based strategies for curriculum renewal.

Muhammad Abdullah – Career educator, PhD Student CITE

Dr Nadeem Memon, one of the foremost academics in the field of Islamic education, and Professor Seema Imam, a pioneer of Islamic schooling in North America are prominent key note speakers headlining the Conference.

An impressive line-up of international speakers from specialist disciplines and diverse sectors is sure to offer valuable and practical insights into the future of curriculum in Islamic schooling in the West.

Shaikh Abdul Mabud – Associate Professor of Islamic Spirituality, Ethics, and Education – University of Brunei.

A small taste of the speakers presenting include pioneering Islamic educationalist and academic, Professor Tasneema Ghazi, well known for her role as Director of Curriculum & Instruction, IQRA’ International Educational Foundation; Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney who has worked in Aboriginal Education for over 20 years will offer insights on his research; Professor Mohamad Abdalla will present on the highly anticipated National project to design and develop an Australian Islamic Studies Curriculum; Dr Deborah Price will share an overview of Australian Curriculum examine future directions; Dylan Chown will explore Islamic World View and the National Curriculum, asking, can they be reconciled?

“We have seen the success and the benefit of such efforts in the form of the annual East and West Coast ISNA Education Forums in the US, the Zaytuna College Conference in California, the AMS conference in the UK, and conferences in Malaysia, and many others around the world. It was high time that Australian had its own conference and brought together the many talented and committed researchers and educators around the country as well as our partners and colleagues in other sectors or education more broadly”, Program Director for CITE, Dylan Chown said.

Dr Freda Shamma – Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Lifetime Achievement Award Winer for dedication and commitment to education.

Conference Convener and CITE Director, Professor Mohamad Abdalla emphasised, “We have started in Australia through conferences like this a movement towards best practice for Islamic schools based on evidence in order enhance the capacities of Islamic schools.”

For more information or to register go to the news and events page of the CITE website.

Andrew Houghton – Principal Al Siraat College.