Islamic Education: Between the Madrasah and Western Academy

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019 FROM 1 P.M. TO 5 P.M.

Education has been central to Islam since the first revelation given to Prophet Muḥammad (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him). Many avenues exist today for people, both Muslims and non-Muslims, to gain an understanding of this faith whose adherents constitute nearly 1/5 of the world’s population. Religious colleges (Madrasahs)continue to grow and cater to the needs of Muslims, but so are the number of Islamic studies and tenured professorships on university campuses. What substantive differences, if any, exist between the Madrasah and the Western academy in respect to the way Islam is studied? Does each institution nurture a different set of core competencies that the other does not? Do the means and goals of education differ and are one educational philosophy qualitatively better than another? How much intellectual innovation can proponents of classical Islamic methods and curricula tolerate? Which traditions of the Western academy are integral to its success and non-negotiable?


Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali, Zaytuna College Faculty Member
Abdullah bin Hamid Ali is assistant professor of Islamic law and Prophetic Tradition at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California.His research interests include the interconnection between law and identity formation, comparative Islamic law, and Islam’s role in the modern world. Read more about him here, under the Faculty tab.

Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari, Darul Qasim Faculty Member
Mawlana Bilal is a Liaison in the Department of Hadith at Darul Qasim. His research interests include early Hadith methodology and nomenclature, Ḥanafī legal theory, Education and curriculum development, Mental Health, and Islamic Bioethics. Read more about him here.


Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location: Catholic Theological Union || Academic & Conference Center, 5416 South Cornell Avenue, Hyde Park, IL

Parking: Parking is available in the adjacent lot just south of the 5416 S. Cornell building.

This event requires registration. Tickets purchased online prior to the event at the link below are $30 / person.
Babysitting will not be provided.

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