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I am a tutor on the MA Education programme. From 2012-2018 I was an honorary research associate at the Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education, of which I was a founder. I am also Director of Education and Research at Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation. 

I completed a BA Hons in Philosophy at the University of Bristol and a PGCE in Secondary English from the Institute of Education, University of London. Following this I have worked in a range of primary and secondary Muslim faith schools as a teacher and school leader for over twenty years. I completed my Masters in Educational Research in 2010 and my PhD in 2018 from the University of Cambridge. I am a Founding Fellow and Council Member of the Chartered College of Teaching.
Research Summary

My academic work draws on over twenty years experience teaching in and leading Islamic faith-based schools in the UK. In this time, I have led action-research and developed a range of courses for teachers who want to understand Islamic philosophies of education and how they can be translated into practice. I see myself as a practitioner-researcher and my research focuses on pedagogy and practice in Islamic schools. I look at how Muslim educators are addressing issues of cultural relevance in two ways. First, in terms of the relevance of traditional Islamic education to the modern context and secondly issues around the relevance of mainstream education to the needs of Muslim pupils. I am interested in models of holistic Islamic education that attempt to appropriate contemporary pedagogy and subject matter into traditional Islamic educational paradigms, for example sociocultural theory and Islamic conceptions of oracy or Islamic Montessori settings. In exploring these practices I am also interested in understanding how Islamic notions of autonomy impact teaching and learning in Islamic schools.

In my Masters research I looked at how teachers conceptualise 'holistic Islamic education' as they attempt to synthesize Islamic and contemporary educational approaches. I explored their understanding of education as tarbiyah (upbringing / character education) and how they attempt to engage in tarbiyah as teachers in full-time Islamic schools. I have also completed some work on developing culturally relevant research methodologies in this study.

My PhD project involved looking at autonomy and oracy in the practice of halaqah (a type of circle-time) as a form of dialogic pedagogy.  In comparing the Islamic educational theory of Naquib al Attas with Vygotskian sociocultural theory, I explored how halaqah can contribute to research on enhancing the quality of classroom talk for learning and learner autonomy.

I currently work on an impact acceleration project that aims to support teachers in engaging with research on dialogic education through professional development. 

I am also interested in the area of cultural interaction at the research and education levels. I am interested in epistemologies and research methodologies from the ‘global South’ including critical and indigenous research methods particularly their ontological, epistemological and theoretical frameworks and how these overlap with normative academic research. My work has involved developing culturally coherent Islamic research models drawing on approaches taken in indigenous research and the Islamic epistemological tradition. 

Teaching Summary

Tutor MA Education 

Academic Background
2018 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Education University of Cambridge
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