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In this section we will publish various academic and practitioner research articles that relate to Islamic education and education for Muslims in the contemporary world. These also include practitioner essays or action research from the Shakhsiyah Teacher Education Course.



Farah Ahmed was asked to contribute to the Quest Foundation’s conference journal in 2007. Her article was entitled: Nurturing the Shakhsiyah Islamiyah in the Young Child. Read the article here.



June 2012:

Farah Ahmed’s paper 'Tarbiyah for Shakhsiyah (Educating for Identity): Seeking Out Culturally Coherent Pedagogy for Muslims in Britain' is published in the prestigious academic journal Compare: the official journal of the British Association for International Comparative Education, Volume 42, Issue 5, September 2012, pages 725-749.


Click here to read an ‘Accepted Manuscript’ of the article on this website for free. To read the article published by Taylor and Francis in the online journal click here. You will need a subscription to read this published version.




Sajjida Sarwar, an ITEC student 2012-2013 has had her essay published in The College of Teachers’ practitioner journal ‘Education Today, Volume 63, Number 4. Pages 25-29’. The essay was published under the title: ‘What is the motivation of 21st Century Muslim parents, to home-educate their children?’  Read the essay here.


February 2013:

Farah Ahmed’ paper 'Exploring Halaqah as research method: A tentative approach to developing Islamic research principles within a critical 'indigenous' framework' was published in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Volume 27, issue 5, pages 561-583.


Click here to read the paper on this website.


To read the paper in the online journal visit http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09518398.2013.805852#.U8PaUpRdVkk


To view a video of the presentation click here


June 2014:

Farah Ahmed has a chapter published in the newly released book Growing up between two cultures: Issues and problems of Muslim children edited by, F. Salili & R. Hoosain and published by IAP. The chapter is entitled: 'That's not what I want for my children': Islamic schools as a parental response to childhood experiences of mainstream British schooling'

For more information see http://www.infoagepub.com/products/Growing-Up-Between-Two-Cultures



Farah Ahmed and Ibrahim Lawson contributed a chapter called ‘Teaching Islam: Are there pedagogical limits to critical inquiry?’ in a book edited by Dr Nadeem Memon and Mujadad Zaman called 'Philosophies of Islamic Education: Historical Perspectives and Emerging Discourses', published by Routledge, Oxford UK.


Farah Ahmed wrote a paper exploring the ‘Indigenous’ philosophy of education of Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas, a Malay-Muslim scholar who’s theoretical work culminated in the establishment of a counter-colonial higher education institution. Through presenting al-Attas’ life and philosophy and by exploring the arguments of his critics, she aims to shed light on the challenges and paradoxes faced by indigenous academics working at the interface of philosophy and education.


You can find her paper on: Ahmed, F. (2016) An exploration of Naquib al-Attas’ theory of Islamic education as t’adib as an ‘indigenous’ educational philosophy. Educational Philosophy and Theory doi: 10.1080/00131857.2016.1247685




Farah Ahmed and Tahreem Sabir (head teacher of Shakhsiyah School, Slough branch), published a chapter together discussing curricular and pedagogic innovations in Islamic faith-based education, using Shakhsiyah Schools as a case study,  in response to the changing place of Islam in a globalised world.


Their chapter is entitled 'Developing Shakhsiyah Islamiyah: personalized character education for British Muslims' in a book edited by Mukhlis Abu Bakar called 'Living The Faith, Engaging The Mind: Rethinking Madrasah Education In The Modern World'. This is published by Routledge, Oxford UK. 





Along with other researchers in Cambridge University, Farah Ahmed is currently contributing to the development of T-SEDA – A teacher professional development pack to evaluate and improve classroom practice in educational dialogue. She has also co-authored a journal article arising from the development of this pack. In their published paper, they examine two systematic observation methods intended to be used by pre-service and in-service teachers to help increase their awareness of children's participation in productive classroom dialogue. They identify the affordances of these methods for supporting teachers’ reflective practice, focusing in this case on students’ equitable participation in science groupwork activities. 

You can read more about their work here: Vrikki, M. Calcagni, E. Hennessy, S. Calcagni, E. Hennessy, S. Lee, L. Hernández, F. Estrada, N. & Ahmed, F. (2018) Equitable The teacher scheme for educational dialogue analysis (T-SEDA): developing a research-based observation tool for supporting teacher inquiry into pupils’ participation in classroom dialogue. International Journal of Research and Method in Education doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2018.1467890.


You can also read more about the research over here: Major, L. Kershner, R. et al. (2018) CEDiR Group working paper (2018) A dialogue about educational dialogue: reflections on the field and the work of the Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research (CEDiR) Group.



Islamic religious education (IRE) in Europe has become a subject of intense debate during the past decade. Farah Ahmed has contributed a chapter called 'Character and Values Education in English schools: what can private Islamic faith and state funded public schools learn from each other?' in a book edited by Jenny Berglund. The book is called 'European Perspectives on Islamic Education and Public Schooling' published by Equinox, Sheffield UK. This book brings together a number of researchers for the first time to explore the interconnections between Islamic educations and public schooling in Europe. 




Masha'Allah, our Director of Education and Research has published an article for the British Educational Research Association in their Journal’s Members magazine! The article is entitled 'Educating the Dialogical Muslim-Self: Revitalising traditional Islamic halaqah for 21st century intercultural education', and features the amazing work being done at Shakhsiyah Schools. You can find her article here.





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