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.
Dr. Sahin comes from an Islamic Studies, Theology, Educational Studies and Social Sciences background. He has conducted research on religious identity formation among British Muslim youth and worked on educational strategies to address the impact of religious extremism within Muslim minority and majority contexts. Dr. Sahin has developed the first recognised Masters' level degree programme on Islamic education within the UK higher education system. He has taught at the universities of Birmingham, Aberdeen, and the Gulf University for Science and Technology (Kuwait). Before taking up his appointment at Warwick, Dr. Sahin worked as a Head of Research and Senior Lecturer at the Markfield Institute of Higher education. He served as a visiting professor (2009/10 Academic Year) at the Institut d'Etudes de l'Islam et des Sociétés du Monde Musulman at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Dr Sahin is a member of International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV) and has recently been appointed as a Visiting Professor the UIN State Islamic University, Jakarta Indonesia.
Dr Sahin has produced numerous scholarly publications on Islam and Education. His most recently published book is entitled: New Directions in Islamic Education: Pedagogy and Identity Formation (Kube Academic, Leicester, Rev Imprint 2014).
Dr Sahin is working on two book projects at the moment:
- Critical Issues in Islamic Education (Routledge)
- Islamic Education: international perspectives (Brill)
He is currently editing a special issue for the open access journal, Religions, entitled "Islamic Education in Contemporary World: Traditions, Rearticulations & Transformation".
For the details of his scholarly contributions please view his CV here.
A generous donation by the Randeree Charitable Trust has enabled the establishment of the Readership in Islamic Education at Warwick University. The initiative is inspired by a shared transformative educational vision and signifies a model collaboration between community and university in contributing effectively to civic engagement, social cohesion and educational inclusion within contemporary British society. Through its distinct taught programme and research activities, the post aims to contribute to educational capacity building within the Muslim communities in the UK, Europe and wider world. This will create opportunities for intercultural and interfaith dialogue and public understanding of Islam.
The initiative aims to generate new knowledge and insights on Islam's heritage of critical/reflective education and, through a creative dialogue with contemporary educational and pedagogic studies, facilitate opportunities of encounter, exchange and engagement among diverse groups of Muslim educators and the wider communities of educational researchers and practitioners. The aim is to disseminate values of transformative education to inspire positive change within Muslim communities and wider society. This vision of educational empowerment is intended to contribute significantly to the development of long term educational policy in addressing contemporary challenges such as the impact of extremism on Muslim communities and wider society.
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2019. Islam, Muslims and education : framing an interdisciplinary field of research, critical scholarship and professional practice. The Muslim World Book Review, 40 (1), pp. 6-29
- Francis, Leslie J., McKenna, Ursula, Sahin, Abdullah, 2018. Facing the issues raised in Psalm 1 through thinking and feeling : applying the SIFT approach to biblical hermeneutics among Muslim educators. Religions, 9 (10)
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2018. Critical issues in Islamic education studies : rethinking Islamic and Western liberal secular values of education. Religions, 9 (11)
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2016. Islam's heritage of critical education : the missing catalyst in addressing the crisis informing modern Muslim presence. The Muslim World Book Review, 36 (3), pp. 5-15
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2016. The future of Islamic education : a case for reform. RE Today, 33 (3), pp. 61-64
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2014. Critical faithfulness : the heart of prophetic monotheism. The Muslim World Book Review, 35 (4), pp. 51-56
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2012. The role of educational theology in reconciling faith and reason in Islam : reflections on the case of Ikhwan al-Safa. The Muslim World Book Review, 32 (4), pp. 6-17
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2010. The dynamics of Muslims' sense of belonging : reflections on recent empirical research. The Muslim World Book Review, 29 (2), pp. 19-24
- Francis, Leslie J., Sahin, Abdullah, Al-Failakawi, Fahad, 2008. Psychometric properties of two Islamic measures among young adults in Kuwait: the Sahin-Francis Scale of Attitude toward Islam and the Sahin Index of Islamic Moral Values. Journal of Muslim Mental Health, Vol.3 (No.1), pp. 9-24
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2021. Islamic education within the Muslim minority-context of Europe : pedagogy, politics and future directions. In Gent, Bill; Franken, Leni (eds.), Islamic Religious Education in Europe : A Comparative Study, London, Routledge, pp. 276-285
- Francis, Leslie J., McKenna, Ursula, Sahin, Abdullah, 2020. Religion and socio-economic human rights : an empirical enquiry among adolescents in England and Wales. In Ziebertz, H. G. (ed.), International Empirical Studies on Religion and Socioeconomic Human Rights, Cham, Springer, pp. 169-191
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2020. Islam, social work and common good in the Muslim-minority context of Europe : rethinking ?shariah' as relational ethics. In Schmid, Hansjörg (ed.), Exploring Islamic Social Work Between Community and the Common Good?, Cham, Springer, pp. 2-35
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2019. Islamic and western liberal secular values of higher education : convergence or divergence?. In Gibbs, P.; Jameson , J.; Elwick , A. (eds.), Values of the University in a Time of Uncertainty, Cham, Springer, pp. 199-216
- Francis, Leslie J., McKenna, Ursula, Sahin, Abdullah, 2019. Religion, human rights and matters of life and death : exploring attitude toward abortion and euthanasia among adolescents in England and Wales. In Ziebertz, Hans-Georg; Zaccaria, Francesco (eds.), Euthanasia, Abortion, Death Penalty and Religion - The Right to Life and its Limitations, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, pp. 139-159
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2018. The contribution of religions to the common good in pluralistic societies : an Islamic perspective. In Pirner, Manfred L.; Lahnemann, Johannes; Haussmann, Werner; Schwarz, Susanne (eds.), Public Theology, Religious Diversity, and Interreligious Learning : Contributing to the Common Good Through Religious Education, New York, Routledge, pp. 27-39
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2017. Education as compassionate transformation : the ethical heart of Islamic pedagogy. In Gibbs, Paul (ed.), The Pedagogy of Compassion at the Heart of Higher Education, London, Springer, pp. 127-137
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2017. Religious literacy, interfaith learning and civic education in pluralistic societies : an Islamic educational perspective. In Wielzen , Duncan R.; Ter Avest, Ina (eds.), Interfaith education for All : theoretical perspectives and best practices for transformative action, Rotterdam, Sense Publishers, pp. 45-53
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2016. Politics of teaching Islam within secular/multicultural mainstream British Educational system : a pedagogic critique. Berglund, J. (ed.), European Perspectives on Islamic Education and Public Schooling, Equinox Publishing Ltd
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2014. New directions in Islamic education : pedagogy & identity formation. Markfield [England], Kube
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2013. Authority and autonomy : an Islamic education perspective on human agency. In Bernards, Monique; Buitelaar, Marjo (eds.), Negotiating autonomy and authority in Muslim contexts, Leuven, Peeters, pp. 67-85
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2012. Rethinking the meaning of being Islamicly educated in a secular context : reflections on the future of teacher and Imam training within the British Muslim Communities. In Aslan , E.; Windisch, Z. (eds.), The training of Imams and teachers for Islamic education in Europe, Frankfurt, Peter Lang, pp. 281-291
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2011. Islam, secularity and the culture of critical openness : a Muslim theological reflection. In Birt, Yahya; Hussain, Dilwar; Siddiqui, Ataullah (eds.), British Secularism and Religion, Markfield [England], Kube publications, pp. 3-24
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2010. The contribution of religious education to social and community cohesion : an Islamic educational perspective. In Grimmitt, Michael (ed.), Religious education and social and community cohesion : an exploration of challenges and opportunities, Great Wakering, England, McCrimmons, pp. 165-185
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2018. Islamic education in contemporary world : traditions, rearticulations & transformation [submission invitation, special issue of Religions, edited by Abdullah Sahin, forthcoming]. Religions, MDPI
- Sahin, Abdullah, 2016. Let's tap into Islam?s heritage of critical education to defeat extremism in schools. The Guardian