H.R.H. Princess Badiya of Jordan
The two aims of Curriculum for Cohesion: to raise Muslim educational attainment and to nurture positive Muslim/non-Muslim relations amongst young people, are amongst the most pressing issues facing society today. The academic team and intellectual substance of this project are of the high quality needed to fulfil these critically important objectives. I wish the Curriculum for Cohesion project success.
Professor Salim Al-Hassani, Emeritus Professor at the University of Manchester and President of The Foundation for Science, Technology & Civilisation, UK
This initiative is long overdue. Our educational system largely neglects 1,000 years of Muslim, Chinese and Indian civilization from 600-1600 CE when many vital contributions to knowledge upon which the European Renaissance depended were made. I hope the government recognises the strategic importance of this initiative to raising the quality of History provision in English schools.
Rt. Hon. Shabana Mahmood, MP for Birmingham Ladywood and Shadow Minister for Higher Education
As the first elected female Muslim MP, it is my wish to see more Britons of Muslim heritage fulfil their potential as learners and become active participants in the mainstream political processes of the country. Therefore, I fully endorse the aims of Curriculum for Cohesion to improve the life-chances of British Muslim young people and develop mutual Muslim/non-Muslim respect in the classroom through broader History and more effective Religious Education.
Nur Sobers-Khan, Lecturer, St. Mary’s University College
Dr Claire Norton, Senior Lecturer, St. Mary’s University College
As university lecturers who teach Islamic history and religion, we fully support the Curriculum for Cohesion project. We firmly believe that unless the Muslim communities of Britain are familiar with the rich contributions of the Islamic world in the development of science, medicine, and technology, for instance, or the close historical connections between Islam and the other faiths present in Britain, such as Christianity and Judaism, it will be difficult for a British Muslims to value their place in the UK and understand the historical contribution of Islam to ‘the West.’
We believe Curriculum for Cohesion is necessary to create mutual understanding between Britons of all faiths, and to give young people the analytical tools to appreciate Islamic heritage and its role both in history and in today’s society.
Rt. Hon. Anas Sarwar MP for Glasgow Central and Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
I endorse a Curriculum for Cohesion as a project that can make a significant contribution to helping children in the UK understand and appreciate each others’ differences better and to succeed at school and in life.
Dr. Asma Afsaruddin, Chair and Professor of Islamic Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
The Curriculum for Cohesion project is a timely and brilliant conception for our increasingly interconnected world. The path forward for all of us is to learn about one another’s contributions to a global human civilization that is our common heritage and legacy. The movers and shakers behind this project are to be highly commended for their efforts to promote this kind of cosmopolitan and ethical citizenship in a world of increasingly porous boundaries.