This talk is based on the formation and training of British Muslim scholars of a Dar al Uloom in contemporary Britain. Building on scholarship on Islamic education and madrasas, and through auto-ethnography, it seeks to merge the textual tradition with ethnography. Thus, it shows Islamic tradition as one that maintains rootedness in theology, practice in law and ethics through Sufism.
Dr. Mawlana Haroon is a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK at Cardiff University. He completed a PhD looking at the formation and training of British Muslim Scholarship (ulama) with an ethnographic study of a Dar al-Uloom, or traditional Islamic seminary in modern Britain. This was part of the Jameel Scholarship Programm. He has a background in traditional Islamic Studies, and this is where he seek to combine textual learning of the Islamic tradition with the sociology of religious professionals. He has an interest in the formation of religious authority, theories and application of tradition with modernity, and religious embodiment. He continues to teach courses in the Islamic traditional sciences in the areas of Islamic law (fiqh) and theology (aqidah). He also teaches modules around contemporary Muslims concerns such as Sufism and Islamic law in Britain. Currently, He is working on an innovative and ground-breaking project looking at the lived experiences of imams in Britain and will be leading on a new three-year project titled, ‘Legacies of Learning’ which seek utilize the rich intellectual Islamic tradition (turath) to identify and develop a framework that simultaneously interweaves history, applied theology, embodied ethics, spirituality, and philosophy of religions and worldviews. Then hope is that this will allow us to draw out principles as to how Islam provides a worldview which can sustain and enable human flourishing,