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Islam, Science and Education Conference 2023

Cambridge Dialogues: Rethinking Islamic Education

  • Conference dates: 01-02 July 2023
  • Location: Online

The field of Islam and Science has been growing steadily in the past few decades, with contributors pursuing various avenues of scholarly inquiry. These include the Islamisation of science, evolution, quantum mechanics, scientific miracles in the Qur’an, and socio-scientific dilemmas, among other topics.

Within education, much work has been done on how Muslim students and teachers understand and think about Islam and evolution, but very little academic attention has been given to any sort of unifying, theoretical framework for Islam, Science and Education.

Similarly, educator beliefs and practices operating at the intersection of these three domains remains an understudied area.

A number of important questions require further interrogation:

  • How, for example, do educators working in Muslim contexts or with Muslim learners approach these issues?
  • In what ways are teachers either incorporating Islam into Science classes, and/or addressing (perceived) tensions between the two in their teaching?

This conference brings together participants from a wide range of backgrounds to discuss the intersections of Islam, Science and Education, viewed from different disciplines.

The central question will be, pedagogically speaking, how might the form and character of Science Education and Islam be developed and/or reimagined in light of growing debates which position faith ‘against’ science?


  • Dr Farah Ahmed, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Shoaib Malik, Zayed University
  • Dr Nadeem Memon, University of South Australia
  • Dr Fella Lahmar, Open University
  • Usama Malik, University of Cambridge

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Conference program

Day 1

Presenters Presentation Title Time
Farah Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Usama Javed Mirza Welcome and Introduction to the Conference 12.00-12.30pm

Chair: Nadeem Memon

Presenter: Afsan Redwan

Reconciling Islamic Worldviews and Science Education: The Darajat Pedagogy in Muslim Schools 12:30 - 1:00pm

Chair: Nadeem Memon

Presenter: Hafiz Muhammad Bilal

Exploring the Intersection of Islam, Science, and Education: The Role of Madrasa Teachers in Navigating Complexities and Shaping Student Attitudes 1:00 - 1:30pm

Chair: Nadeem Memon

Presenter: Hisham Ja’far

Theology for the 21st Century: Lessons from Teaching Islamic Theology to STEM University Students 1:30 - 2:00pm

BREAK (30 minutes)

Chair: Farah Ahmed Khadiga Elmanea Training Islamic School Educators to Effectively Teach Science from an Islamic Pedagogy Lens 2:30 - 3:00pm

Chair: Farah Ahmed

Presenters: Khadija S. Zogheib & Salwa M. Soliman

Neither Islamizing Science nor Scientifying Islam: The Need for Independent Science Curriculum with Islamic Standards 3:00 - 3:30pm

BREAK (15 minutes)

Chair: Fella Lahmar

Presenter: Mustafa Fakhruddin Anjarwala & Zenab Moiz

The Pedagogical Approach of the Ikhwan al-Safa in the Cultivation of Scientific Reasoning in in the Teaching of Religion 3:45 - 4:15pm

Chair: Fella Lahmar

Presenter: Rania Sawalhi

Ayatoyon: AlKaylani's teacher preparation framework to integrate science 4:15 - 4:45pm

Day 2

Presenters Presentation Title Time
Chair: Nadeem Memon Presenter: Ali Paya Muslim Educators and Science Education: A Critical Assessment 12:00-12:30pm
Chair: Nadeem Memon Presenter: Usama Javed Mirza Re-blossoming as a Theoretical Framework for Muslim Science Educators 12:30 - 1:00pm

BREAK (15 minutes)

Hamza Karamali and Basira Education Panel: Islam and Science for Muslim Seminaries 1:15 - 2:00pm
Uzma Ahmed, Necati Aydin, and Aisha Abdalla Alowais Panel: Said Nursi, Science and Education 2:00 - 3:00pm

BREAK (15 minutes)

Arnold Yasin Mol, Theologian; Shoaib Malik, Scientist; Farah Ahmed, Educationalist Panel: Interdisciplinary Dialogue: Islam, Science and Education 3:15 - 4:15pm
Farah Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Nadeem Memon, Fella Lahmar, Usama Javed Mirza Panel: Closing Notes 4:15 - 4:45pm

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