Decolonising the Curriculum – Visiting Speaker Series 6

Please join us for a talk by Professor Farid Panjwani, Aga Khan University, Pakistan.



13:00 Welcome by Chair, Dr Andrea English
13:05 Talk by Professor Panjwani
13:45 Discussion
14:15 Close



Dr Farid Panjwani is Professor and Dean of Institute for Educational Development. He has a DPhil in philosophy of education from the University of Oxford. Dr Panjwani is driven to improve the quality of education, particularly in developing countries and in Muslim contexts. He has an interdisciplinary approach and has published widely in the areas of philosophy of education, citizenship, teacher education, imagination, religious education, hermeneutics and Islamic Studies. His recent publications have explored the role of imagination in fostering care, compassion and criticality amongst students. He has worked on several educational projects around the world and has acted as a consultant to many research projects and organisations, including the International Baccalaureate, the Adyan Foundation in Lebanon, the Islamic Religious Council in Singapore, the Aga Khan Academies, and the government of Punjab, Pakistan. In 2016, Dr Panjwani was appointed on the Commission on Religious Education, UK which was tasked to come up with policy recommendations for the future of religious education in the country.

From 2012, Dr Panjwani served as the Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Education in Muslim Contexts at UCL Institute of Education (IOE), University College London. The Centre was first of its kind in any British University, dedicated to the promotion of sound and critical research and scholarship in Muslim contexts.

Dr Panjwani is well known to the academic community at the AKU as, before joining the UCL in 2012, he was an Assistant Professor at our Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London. At AKU-ISMC, he was involved, among other projects, in the conception and initiation of the master’s degree programme.


This series on Decolonising the Curriculum is sponsored by The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain; University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education and Sport, Race Equality Subgroup; and The Centre for Education on Racial Equality in Scotland.

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