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EQ934-30 Foundations of Islamic Education

Department Education Studies

Level Taught Postgraduate Level

Module leader Dr Abdullah Sahin

Credit Value 30

Module duration 10 weeks

Assessment 100% Coursework

Study location University of Warwick main campus, Coventry


This module discusses the philosophical, historical, cultural and religious foundations of Islamic Education. Students will explore Islam, develop knowledge, understanding and critical insights into classical Islamic educational thought and examine the educational challenges facing contemporary Muslim minority and majority societies. Participants will gain a reflective academic grounding in Islamic Education and engage with modern educational theory and models of critical pedagogy.

Principal Module Aims and Outcomes
  • To explore philosophical, historical and theological foundations of Islamic Education through engaging with modern educational theories and pedagogic models.
  • Critically analyse perceptions of education, nature of educational values and transmission of knowledge and culture within historical and contemporary Muslim societies.
  • Identify and critically discuss the contemporary challenges and critical issue in the field with special reference to the role of Islamic Education in modern culturally and religiously plural secular societies.
  • Critically explore the inter-disciplinary nature of Islamic Education with a special emphasis on the relevance of empirical research methodologies in the field.
  • Critically consider integrating contemporary Educational Studies and research into Islamic Education, especially research springing from the Social Sciences directed towards pedagogy and curriculum.
  • Introduction/orientation
  • Conceptual analysis of central terms in educational theory
  • Examining diverse perceptions of Islamic Education
  • Philosophical/historical and theological foundations of Muslim educational thought
  • Educational aims and values in diverse traditions of education in Islam
  • Exploring organisation of curriculum
  • Teaching and learning methods in diverse formal and informal Islamic educational settings
  • Critical Issues/challenges facing Islamic Education in contemporary Muslim minority and majority societies
  • Developing scholarly and empirical research strategies in Islamic Education
Study Time
Type Required Optional
Lectures 10 sessions of 2 hours (7%)  
Seminars 10 sessions of 1 hour (3%)  
Tutorials (0%) 1 session of 15 minutes
Private study 270 hours (90%)  
Total 300 hours  
2000 word critical review 40%
4000 words essay 60%
Module Information

This module is a core module on MA Islamic Education: Theory and Practice, and an optional module on MA Childhood In Society, MA Drama and Theatre Education, MA Education, MA Educational Innovation, MA Educational Leadership and Management, MA Global Education and International Development, and MA Psychology and Education.