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Islam, Muslims, and Education in Britain symposium

Woman in headscarf writing on white board

This one-day symposium on 15 January 2018 examined the experiences of Muslims in education in Britain today.

The place of Islam and Muslims within British education has been the focus of intense debate, as has the role of Islamic education and its institutions. Yet much of this work offers a macro-level discussion of complementary and conflicting ideological and normative claims. Increasingly there is a need to locate these debates in views “from the ground”.

This one-day symposium took this as its core focus, asking what are the experiences of Muslims in education in Britain today? Focus moved from the macro to the micro, exploring the everyday lived experiences of Muslims operating within various educational institutions in Britain.

By sharing these narratives, it is hoped that this symposium has helped nuance wider debate surrounding the experiences of Muslims in British educational contexts.

Blog post reflecting on the conference with contributions by some of the speakers