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Dr Sahin's work has strong international focus and aims to establish Islamic Education Studies as an interdisciplinary field of scholarly inquiry, empirical research and professional development. His main areas of research interests include:

  • Traditions of education in Islam and their theological, philosophical, spiritual and pedagogic foundations;
  • Islamic Empirical and Practical Theology;
  • Educational Hermeneutics in Muslim core sources;
  • Education and Identity formation among British Muslim youth;
  • Teacher Training and Faith-based schooling within British Muslim communities;
  • Muslim Seminaries and the training of faith leaders in contemporary Europe;
  • Modern Islamic pedagogies and intercultural and interreligious education;
  • Developing educational standards for Muslim supplementary schooling;
  • Teaching of Islam within inclusive RE and the wider mainstream curriculum;
  • Educational Reform within contemporary minority/majority Muslim contexts

Dr Sahin is a member of Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (WRERU) at Warwick. He is involved in collaborative projects across the department focused on critical/comparative pedagogy, interdisciplinary study of education in cross cultural settings, and empirical research projects integrating psychology of religion and education studies.

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Dr Khursheed Waida is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. She is also co-coordinator (with Dr Meleisa Ono-George, History) of the Warwick Staff BAME Network.

Outside the University of Warwick, Dr Khursheed Waida is an Overseas Research Associate at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, an Associate Fellow of the Centre Migrations et Citoyenneté, Institut Français des Relations Internationales, Paris and an external Research Associate at the Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture, Aston University in Birmingham.

Dr Khursheed Waida's research lies at the intersection of gender, ethnicity and politics in Europe with a focus on Britain and France. More specifically it covers the field of political participation and policy. Her work on political participation and policy has been extended to examine why and how young people engage with political and civic institutions and processes (see below).

Dr Khursheed Waida is co-author (with Prof. Gill Allwood, Nottingham Trent University) of Women and Politics in France: 1958-2000 (Routledge, 2000), Gender and Policy in France (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Refugee Women in Britain and France (Manchester University Press, 2010) and of various short works.

She is also co-author (with Prof. Danièle Joly, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris) of Muslim Women and Power: Political and Civic Engagement in West European Societies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) which won the Political Studies Association UK WJM Mackenzie prize for the best book in political science in 2018. This book has been translated into French as La Participation civique et politique des femmes de culture musulmane en Europe, and is published by the Presses de l'Université Laval, in Quebec, Canada.

She is co-editor (with Dr. Gabriella Lazaridis) of The Securitisation of Migration in the EU: Debates since 9/11 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

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Dr Sarah Amsler is an Associate Professor in Education. Prior to joining the School of Education, she held posts at the University of Lincoln (Education), Aston University (Sociology) and Kingston University (Sociology), and competed my PhD in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005. Over twenty-five years, she has worked in a range of educational settings including autonomous education, co-operative education, early years care, museums, non-governmental organisations, popular education projects, elementary schools, teacher education programmes, universities (in Central Asia, Britain and the United States), and transnational educational initiatives promoting systemic social and ecological change.

Dr Sarah Amsler is passionate about understanding the power of critical, dialogical, disruptive, inclusive and ontological pedagogies, with a special interest in practices for community-building, decolonisation intercultural (including inter-epistemic) translation, and uncomfortable levels of critique and transformation - both within the classroom and informal learning contexts.

Dr Sarah Amsler is a member of the Centre for International Education Research in the University of Nottingham School of Education.

She also belongs to a number of international research-practice networks and collectives, including:

The Gesturing towards Decolonial Futures network uses 'three inter-dependent practices (of art, social cartography and pedagogy) to denaturalize colonial frames of reference and material architectures that make up the social context in which knowledge is produced within our current system. These practices aim to enable ways of doing, thinking, and being that are viable but unimaginable within the modern-colonial imaginary.'

The Women on the Verge network works to 'provide embodied and practical critiques of capital, coloniality and patriarchy at a time when the conditions for the reproduction of life on the planet are deteriorating at unimaginable speed and levels. Our critique is not contained by the words we have learned to speak under these conditions, but is attuned with life, affect, commonality, denaturalizing and nature, utopia, storytelling, possibility and prefiguring.'

Dr Sarah Amsler is an affiliate member of the Critical Internationalization Studies, Creativity and Emergent Educational Futures and Decolonizing Teacher Education networks.

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