Conference “The Madrasah and the Modern Academy: Convergences, Departures and Possibilities for Collaboration”, Markfield Institute of Higher Education (MIHE) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) — Online, 14-16 December 2021
The Madrasah and the Modern Academy: Convergences, Departures and Possibilities for Collaboration
Date: December 14 – 16th, 2021
In contemporary times, there has been an increased interest in the study of Islam. Two sites of investigation centre around the study and teaching of Islam in traditional seminaries (Madrasah) and the focus on Islam in Universities and institutes of Higher Education (Modern Academies). The relationship between these two spheres has occasionally been characterised by a mutual mistrust. However, due to an increasing number of Madrasah graduates entering the academy, as well as more critical developments within Islamic studies, discourses have emerged allowing a more nuanced dialogue between the differing modes of education. The Madrasah and the Modern Academy seeks to explore the convergences, points of departure, and possibilities for collaboration in the teaching of Islam. Further, the conference seeks to explore the curriculums, pedagogies, and purposes of the respected approaches employed within the Madrasah and University setting.