By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson
Monday, 16th January 2012. Dr. Matthew Tariq Wilkinson, Principal Researcher, presented a Curriculum for Cohesion to Mr. Sameh Ramadan, Managing Director, and Mr. Abdul Hakeem Montague, Trust Secretary, of the Al Muntada Trust in Parsons Green, Fulham, London. Mr. Ramadan and Mr. Montague expressed their intellectual support and admiration for the project and committed to presenting the project to the Trust Chairman, Mr. Khalid Al Fawaz to solicit funds.
The Al Muntada is, broadly-speaking, a Salafi Muslim organisation that undertakes educational and charitable relief work. This visit was part of a more general initiative to gain support for the Curriculum for Cohesion project from as broad a doctrinal ‘church’ of Muslim organisations as possible. We aim to help all children think through and evaluate doctrinal and theological difference, we do not want to foist any particular position upon them.