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Dr. Matthew Wilkinson addresses researchers on the Penology Masters at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson

15 July 2015. Dr. Matthew Wilkinson addressed c.50 Masters researchers who were also senior prison officers and civil servants under the auspices of the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge on the topic Complementary partners or competing alternatives? English Law, Islamic Shari’a and Serious Crime.

The talk identified the noxious absences and malign presences that combine to generate vulnerability to crime in a minority of young British Muslims and showed how an appeal to the shared core principles and jurisprudential features of English Law and the Islamic Shari’a can call young Muslims to a creative tradition of lawfulness in Islam.

The talk stimulated a timely and much-needed discussion about the relationship of the Islamic Shari’a to the principles and institutions of English Law.

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Curriculum for Cohesion contributes to the History PGCE at the UCL Institute of Education

By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson

15 June 2015. Dr. Matthew Wilkinson addressed and led a workshop for PGCE History teacher-trainees on the course convened by Alison Kitson at the UCL Institute of Education.

The title of the session was History Education and Muslim Youth:promoting success by removing absence . It showed how the engagement of young Muslims with school History can be improved by removal of the ‘absent curriculum’ and by the natural incorporation of the Muslim contribution to humanity’s progress at appropriate curricular moments. It also suggested that this absenting of the absent curriculum will be conducive to greater ontological and epistemological wholeness for young people in History classrooms and improve the quality and adequacy of historical knowledge for all.

The 50 trainees were unanimous in their feedback that the session will be of great theoretical and practical utility for their teaching practice. It is a great privilege for us to serve the next generation of our country’s History teachers.

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Curriculum for Cohesion contributes again to the History PGCE, University of Cambridge

By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson

10 June 2015. Dr. Matthew Wilkinson addressed and led a workshop for PGCE History teacher-trainees on the course convened by Christine Counsell at the University of Cambridge.

The title of the session was History Education and Muslim Youth:promoting success by removing absence . It showed how the engagement of young Muslims with school History can be improved by removal of the ‘absent curriculum’ and by the natural incorporation of the Muslim contribution to humanity’s progress at appropriate curricular moments. It also suggested that this absenting of the absent curriculum will be conducive to greater ontological and epistemological wholeness for young people in History classrooms and improve the quality and adequacy of historical knowledge for all.

This post was published on Thursday, 16th July , 2015 at 3:31 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can also add a comment to this post, or trackback from your own website.

Dr. Matthew Wilkinson addresses BBC Radio Producers about their reporting on Islam

By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson

On 11 June and 18 June Dr.Matthew Wilkinson addressed c. 45 local BBC Radio producers and presenters in Newcastle and Bristol respectively under the auspices of the BBC College of Journalism about Issues in reporting on Islam, Islamism and Violent Extremism and the role
of the media in creating a narrative for change.

The talks deployed the analytical framework being developed by Curriculum for Cohesion to show comprehensively how Islam, Islamism and Violent Extremism can be effectively and authentically distinguished from each other and then suggested how a responsible and sensitive reporting of Islam can reflect these distinctions and move the debate about the role of Islam and Muslims in British life forward beyond the terrorist narrative.

The talks were regarded of most timely and practical utility by media professionals who recognise the need for deeper national reflection and improvement of their reporting of Islam-related issues. Curriculum for Cohesion is making an evidenced, critical contribution to this urgent national debate.

This post was published on Thursday, 16th July , 2015 at 3:18 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can also add a comment to this post, or trackback from your own website.

Dr.Matthew Wilkinson addresses the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, University of Cardiff

By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson

19 May 2015. At the invitation of Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray, Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Dr.Matthew Wilkinson addressed Masters students, PhD researchers and staff of the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, University of Cardiff on the subject of Islamic Critical Realism:a meta-framework for research on Islam and Muslims.

The address was in response to the work of a number of researchers at Cardiff who are applying the philosophy and social theory of Islamic Critical Realism, developed by Matthew, in their own research to provide an integrated approach to doing the most contemporary, leading-edge social science embedded in an authentically Islamic and Qur’anic world-view. We expect that the research being done at the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK will provide innovative substantive and theoretical avenues for the philosophy of Islamic Critical Realism.

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The Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize 2014 has been awarded to Dr. Matthew L. N. Wilkinson

By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson

15 May 2015. We are proud to announce that The International Association for Critical Realism (IACR) has awarded Dr. Matthew L. N. Wilkinson, Director and Principle Researcher of Curriculum for Cohesion, with The Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize 2014 for his book ‘A Fresh Look at Islam in a Multi-Faith World: A Philosophy for Success through Education’. In the words of the awarding committee:

“The Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize is awarded annually for a book or article that constitutes, motivates or exemplifies the best and/or most innovative writing in or about the tradition of critical realism, including the philosophy of metaReality, in the previous year.”

“A Fresh Look at Islam deploys critical realist metatheory and empirical research in an original and creative way to produce an educational philosophy – Islamic critical realism – to assist Muslims meet the challenges of our times and promote a better understanding of Islam among non-Muslims.”

For the full account, please go to: http://criticalrealismblog.blogspot.co.uk/

The award of this prize to Matthew is recognition of the intellectual leadership in the field of the relationship of Islam to a multi-faith society and education being offered by Curriculum for Cohesion as a whole. All praise belongs to God.

This post was published on Friday, 15th May , 2015 at 7:00 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can also add a comment to this post, or trackback from your own website.

Dr. Matthew Wilkinson presents Islamic Critical Realism at the British Association of Islamic Studies Conference (BRAIS) 2015

By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson

15 April 2015. Dr. Matthew Wilkinson presented a paper entitled, Islamic critical realism: a philosophy to ‘underlabour’ contemporary Islam, at the British Association of Islamic Studies Conference 2015 at the Senate House, London. The paper presented the core philosophical elements of the Islamic critical realist position including, ‘underlabouring, ‘philosophical and religious seriousness’, ‘a critical realist understanding of the Qur’an’, and ‘dialectical critical realism in the life of the Prophet Muhammad’. The paper stimulated a lively debate about the role of critical realism in general and Islamic critical realism in particular in creating an intellectual bridgehead between the principles of faith and the conditions of contemporary life. The conference was also attended by our Chair of Donors, Mr. Mohammed Amin.

Matthew and Amin also received the welcome news from Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray, Professor in Religious and Theological Studies, Director for the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK (Islam-UK), University of Cardiff that Islamic critical realism is ‘underlabouring’ the research of a number of research students into Islam and Muslims at the University of Cardiff. Thus, praise God,Islamic critical realism is fulfilling the function for which it was designed.

This post was published on Thursday, 23rd April , 2015 at 8:06 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can also add a comment to this post, or trackback from your own website.

Curriculum for Cohesion is represented on a Remembering Srebrenica delegation to Bosnia

By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson

8-11 February 2015. Dr. Matthew Wilkinson represented Curriculum for Cohesion on a four-day visit to Bosnia, based at Sarajevo, as part of the Remembering Srebrenica delegation. This delegation was also attended by representatives of the Association of Muslim Lawyers, The Forum for Discussion of Israel and Palestine (FODIP), the Faiths Forum For London and other British groups.

We learnt first-hand from our guide, Resad Trbonja, a veteran of the Siege of Sarajevo, about the appalling tragedy of the Bosnia War (1992-1995), including the terrible privations visited on the population of Sarajevo during the Siege of Sarajevo by the Army of the Republika Srpska, and the Srebrenica Genocide in which, on the evidence of the International Commission on Missing Persons, 8,067 Bosnian Muslim males were murdered by Serb militias between 11-16 July 1995. We learnt about this tragedy first-hand from survivors at the UN DutchBat base at Potocari, where thousands of Bosnian Muslim refugee men and boys were separated out from their womenfolk and led away for mass execution under the noses of the UN peace-keeping force.

As well as the harrowing food for thought offered on the nature of the human condition by this trip, the experience also reinforced the necessity of the mission of Curriculum for Cohesion to provide intellectually sustaining teaching tools whereby children can learn to be respectful and knowledgeable about each other’s backgrounds in school.

This post was published on Saturday, 14th February , 2015 at 10:39 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can also add a comment to this post, or trackback from your own website.

Dr. Wilkinson invited to participate in the Commission on Religion & Belief in British Public Life

By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson

On 30-31 January 2015, Dr. Wilkinson was invited to report to the Commission on Religion & Belief in British Public Life which has been convened by the Woolf Institute, Cambridge and is chaired by the Rt. Hon. the Baroness (Elizabeth) Butler-Sloss of Marsh Green GBE, formerly President of the Family Division of the High Court.

Matthew presented a paper called, ‘The Absent Debate: Are Faith Schools Good for Faith?’ This paper used original empirical data to suggest that Faith Schools are no substitute for well-conceived Religious Education and do not promote either the quality or quantity of young people’s religious faith in the absence of effective RE. It also suggested that, contrary to popular belief, Muslim Faith School pupils are as likely to value their British citizenship as much as pupils from Non-faith Schools.

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Professor Nigel Biggar becomes an Academic Advisor for Curriculum for Cohesion

By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson

We are delighted and honoured to announce that Professor Nigel Biggar has accepted our invitation to become an Academic Advisor for Curriculum for Cohesion. Professor Biggar is the Regius Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford, where he also directs the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics & Public Life. Professor Biggar brings to our work a wealth of distinguished intellectual reflection about the place of faith in contemporary public life. To read more about Professor Biggar, please go to: http://curriculumforcohesion.org/who/the-academic-team/

This post was published on Friday, 30th January , 2015 at 12:32 am and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can also add a comment to this post, or trackback from your own website.

Ms. Baljit Ubhey OBE becomes a Patron of Curriculum for Cohesion

By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson

We are delighted and honoured to announce that Ms. Baljit Ubhey OBE has accepted our invitation to become a Patron of Curriculum for Cohesion. Ms. Ubhey is Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in London and brings to our work a wealth of experience in dealing with issues of diversity within the criminal justice system. To read more about Ms. Ubhey, please go to: http://curriculumforcohesion.org/who/the-patrons/

This post was published on Friday, 30th January , 2015 at 12:27 am and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can also add a comment to this post, or trackback from your own website.

Mr. Eoin McLellan-Murray becomes a Patron of Curriculum for Cohesion

By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson

We are delighted and honoured to announce that Mr. Eoin McLellan-Murray has accepted our invitation to become a Patron of Curriculum for Cohesion. Mr. McLellan-Murray brings to our work a wealth of experience in the education of the prison service having served as a Governor of 10 UK prisons and been President of the Prison Governor’s Association from 2010 to 2014. To read more about Mr. McLellan-Murray, please go to: http://curriculumforcohesion.org/who/the-patrons/

This post was published on Friday, 30th January , 2015 at 12:22 am and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can also add a comment to this post, or trackback from your own website.

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