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The Madrasah Concept of Islamic Pedagogy: An International Perspective

Professor Glenn Hardaker, University of Huddersfield
Tuesday 21st May 2013 - 4:00pm
Room 1.67, Glamorgan Building

Public Seminar series hosted by the Environment Research Group.

The talk will share experiences and explore some findings from extensive fieldwork into the madrasah concept of Islamic pedagogy.

The research has sought to bridge the longstanding gap between modern approaches to pedagogy, which encourage innovation, and traditional notions of Islamic education, which may be perceived as stifling it.

In 2011 Glenn Hardaker lived in the ancient medina in Fes, Morocco, where they carried out fieldwork at madrasahs such as al-Qarawiyyin – founded as a religious school in 859 and regarded as the world’s oldest continually operating university. In 2011 and 2012 he continued his research in Malaysia with further extensive fieldwork in Islamic universities and madrasahs.

He has undertaken joint studies of the characterising ideas of a Islamic pedagogy, as underpinned by Islamic heritage in relation to the spoken word, memorisation and Islamic belief in relation to prophecy. Examining how the respective roles of and relationships between tradition, culture, religion and education shape the interactions between teachers and learners, this strand of research highlighted the nascent difficulties faced by madrasahs amid a growing shift in student perceptions from the spiritual to the secular.

Professor Glenn Hardaker, University of Huddersfield

National Teaching Fellow, Higher Education Academy (UK)

Professor of Innovation & Learning

Professor Glenn Hardaker has been a teacher and researcher of innovation and learning for over 20 years. His research is focused on Islamic pedagogy with interests in inclusion, innovation and learning. He is also Editor of Multicultural Education & Technology Journal and Campus Wide Information Systems. He has travelled with scholarly intent in many countries and this has made him conscious of international issues in higher education. He has a long interest in the Islamic world and most recently he lived, with his family, in Morocco and north Malaysia searching for excellence in Islamic education.