Curriculum for Cohesion

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Rt Hon Sadiq Khan

MP for Tooting, Shadow Lord Chancellor, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice Secretary and Shadow Minister for London


Professor Chris Husbands

Director, UCL Institute of Education


Sir David Calvert-Smith QC

Chairman of the Parole Board. Previously Director of Public Prosecutions of England and Wales 1998-2003.


HRH Princess Badiya of Jordan

Former Chair of Mosaic


Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE

Senior Rabbi of West London Synagogue


Lord Harries of Pentregarth

Former Bishop of Oxford
Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Inter-faith Group


Dr Edward Kessler MBE

Executive Director, The Woolf Institute, Cambridge


Ms Christine Counsell

University Senior Lecturer, University of Cambridge


Sir Anthony Figgis KCVO CMG

Chairman of the Royal Over-Seas League


Right Reverend Dr Richard Cheetham

Bishop of Kingston


Ms Sarah Teather MP

Former MP for Brent Central


Rt Hon Simon Hughes

Former MP for Bermondsey & Old Southwark. Former Minister of State for Justice & Civil Liberties.


Mr Tim Winter

Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge


Ms Mary Earl

Lecturer in Education, University of Cambridge


Mr John Keast OBE

Chair 2011-2014, Religious Education of England & Wales


Dr Sean Lang

Senior Lecturer, History, Anglia Ruskin University and Chair, Better History Forum


Professor Roy Bhaskar

World Scholar, UCL Institute of Education


Dr Julia Ipgrave

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Education, University of Warwick


Mr Farooq Murad

Secretary-General 2010-2014, Muslim Council of Britain


Mr Fabian Hamilton

MP for Leeds North East and Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education


Mr Aaqil Ahmed

BBC Commissioning Editor Religion and BBC Head of Religion & Ethics


Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari MBE

Trustee, East London Mosque


Rt Hon Jack Straw

Former MP for Blackburn and former Co-chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia


Mr Mohammed Amin

Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum and Co-Chair of the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester


Mr Abu Akeem

UK Programmes Officer, Muslim Aid and Curriculum for Cohesion Donor


Mr Eric Ollerenshaw OBE

Former MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.
Former member, APPGs for Education and on Islamophobia and former History teacher


Dr Farid Panjwani

Director, Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education, Institute of Education


Dr Matthew LN Wilkinson

Director, Curriculum for Cohesion; Visiting Research Fellow, UCL Institute of Education; Research Fellow, Cambridge Muslim College

Institutions Involved

Woolf Institute

UCL Institute of Education

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About Us

Curriculum for Cohesion is an inter-disciplinary research project that is developing a method for understanding the nature of religion in a multi-faith world, with a focus on Islam, to inform the practice of teachers, lecturers, prison officers and the judiciary.

We are neither a religious nor an advocacy organisation, but rather aim to foster excellence in the useful study of religion in multi-faith society in an atmosphere of open inquiry.


New book

Winner of the 2014 Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize.


Dr Matthew L N Wilkinson – A Fresh Look at Islam in a Multi Faith World from Curriculum for Cohesion on Vimeo.

A Fresh Look at Islam in a Multi-Faith World provides a comprehensive approach to thinking and teaching systematically and deeply about Islam and Muslims in a multi-faith world. It makes the case for a contemporary educational philosophy, called Islamic Critical Realism, to help young Muslims surmount the challenges that they face in their interaction and relationships with non-Muslims and vice versa.

The book explains how this Islamic Critical Realist approach can serve the interpretation of the core, basic elements of Islamic doctrine and practice, so that these essential features of the Muslim way of life can help, rather than hinder, Muslim young people to fulfill themselves and to contribute positively to life in multi-faith democracies.

Finally, the book shows how the Islamic critical realist approach can be used by History, Religious Education and Citizenship teachers to help young Muslims learn deeply and engage successfully with multi-faith society in a globalizing world.

Hardcover available now on at this link.
Paperback available in April 2015.

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