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Legacies of Learning: from turath to transformation

This three-year project aims to explore Islamic scholarship during a historical period of exceptional intellectual and scientific endeavour, commonly known as the Islamic ‘Golden Age’. 

Our focus will be the biography and motivation of the scholars most closely associated with this historical era. These scholars reflected and shaped an educational and philosophical approach which can be characterised as outward facing, cosmopolitan, inter-disciplinary, holistic, committed to human flourishing and the pursuit of knowledge as a form of ‘worship’.

This epistemic openness to all forms of knowledge led to a tradition that was intellectually curious, respectful of other traditions, and driven by values of civility and tolerance. Based on our research about the motivations and context of these scholars, we will seek to analyse and draw out principles as to how Islam enables human and scholarly flourishing.

The aim is to bring some of the defining principles and meanings of Islamic education to the fore, potentially reshaping approaches to modern education.

The project team

Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray

Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray

Professor in Religious and Theological Studies, Head of Islam UK Centre

Email
gilliat-rays@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0121
Dr Haroon Sidat

Dr Haroon Sidat

Research Associate

Email
sidathe@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5650

Research Associate – to be appointed