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Public Lecture: "Muslim Higher Education in the Southern African Region: From Secular Tertiary Institutions to Dar 'Ulums"

Speaker: Professor Dr. Muhammed Haron, Associate Professor, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana

Day/Date/Time: Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 10:00am

Venue: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia

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Programme:

09:00am – 10:00am Registration of participants

10:00am – 10:05am Welcoming Remarks by the Moderator, Tengku Ahmad Hazri, Research Fellow, IAIS Malaysia

10:05am - 10:10am Opening remarks by Professor Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Founding CEO, IAIS Malaysia

10:10am – 11:10am Presentation by Prof. Dr. Muhammed Haron

11:10am – 12:00 noon Open discussion with Q&A session

12:00 noon Concluding remarks by the moderator and adjourn the seminar

Lecture Summary

Southern Africa’s Muslims have carved out for themselves a unique multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic, and a multi-religious identity in Africa through the establishment of a variety of complementary Muslim education programmes and institutions. As result of these innovative educational inputs, these Muslim communities have over the past few decades made an interesting contribution towards the region. The region, for example, witnessed since the mid 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s the mounting of ‘Islamic Studies’ courses and programmes at a few universities which were further complemented by the emergence of non-accredited Dar al-‘Ulums that have produced the necessary religious leadership for these communities. Since many of the Southern African universities where these courses are taught needed feeder institutions to keep their programmes viable and sustainable, some of them opened their doors to Dar al-‘Ulum graduates to pursue post-graduate studies by admitting them through ‘recognition of prior learning’ entry points.

The lecture will among others examine the educational developments of ‘Islamic studies’ as it unfolded from the 1970s onwards in the region in the tertiary sector and analyze such developments with special focus on Dar al-‘Ulums within the predominantly non-Muslim environment in the post-cold war era (which coincides with the post-apartheid era [circa 1994-2013]).

About the Speaker

Professor Dr. Muhammed Haron is concurrently Associate Professor at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana, and Associate Researcher in the ‘Study of Islam’ programme at the University of Johannesburg. He was previously attached (in both academic and administrative capacities) to various institutions such as the University of Stellenbosch, Rhodes University, National University of Malaysia, University of the Western Cape, and University of Cape Town.

Apart from his service to various universities, he also contributes to the community, among others, as a Board Member of An-Nur School (Gaborone), and as Consultant to Botswana Muslim Association.

Dr. Haron has also published extensively in the fields of Arabic, Islamic and religious studies; international affairs; South African affairs; and education. He has been conferred numerous research awards for his work, such as ASAIB Award for Best Bibliography in Southern Africa, UB Humanities Researcher of the year award, Andrew Mellon Fellowship, and Education Opportunities Council Fellowship.

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Professor Dr. Muhammed Haron is concurrently Associate Professor at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana, and Associate Researcher in the ‘Study of Islam’ programme at the University of Johannesburg. He was previously attached (in both academic and administrative capacities) to various institutions such as the University of Stellenbosch, Rhodes University, National University of Malaysia, University of the Western Cape, and University of Cape Town.

 

Apart from his service to various universities, he also contributes to the community, among others, as a Board Member of An-Nur School (Gaborone), and as Consultant to Botswana Muslim Association.

 

Dr. Haron has also published extensively in the fields of Arabic, Islamic and religious studies; international affairs; South African affairs; and education. He has been conferred numerous research awards for his work, such as ASAIB Award for Best Bibliography in Southern Africa, UB Humanities Researcher of the year award, Andrew Mellon Fellowship, and Education Opportunities Council Fellowship.     

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