Research projects

Research Projects

Islamic Studies Curriculum Projects

CITE in partnership with the Islamic Schools Association of Australia (ISAA) as well as curriculum partners Nationally and Internationally are leading the design and development of an Islamic Studies Curriculum (Prep – Grade 10) and a Senior Islamic Studies Syllabus known as Applied Islam (Grade 11 – 12). The Islamic Studies Curriculum (P – 10) will align with the Australian Curriculum in structure and both this and the Senior Islamic Studies Applied Islam Syllabus propose to authentically integrate the Islamic sciences such that they are relevant to student’s lives, responsive to the Australian context, and age appropriate with scope for inquiry, critical thinking and reflective assessment. CITE and project partners will lead the consultative design and implementation phases. 


Dignified Way is a whole-community approach to character education and classroom management within a Prophetic pedagogical framework for quality teaching and learning and building of strong school culture. Dignified Way offers a purpose fit model aligning with the principles of Islamic education for Islamic schools and Madrassah. The Dignified Way philosophy prioritises transformation over compliance, incorporating notions of authenticity, presence, dignity, empathy, justice and mercy. Dignified Way proposes to 1) assist in the alignment of the purpose of learning with the pedagogy of the classroom; 2) develop strong and positive school culture emanating from the classroom; and 3) inculcate the essential ingredient of adab in the learning partnership between teachers, students, school leaders and parents.


inspiredNAFSi is a 13-weeks personal leadership program, underpinned by a strength-based approach and Muslim worldview, that uses the Yarning Circle Tool to create self-awareness in individuals facing daily life challenges and struggle with articulating their thoughts and views. The program empowers them with skills to heal any trauma and empower themselves; thereby reducing their isolation and reintegrating them into workplaces/society as a way forward. Individuals gain practical skills that assist them in decision-making processes and links them up with various support and services that exist within their communities.

Islamic School Renewal

School reviews, evaluations and appraisals; school satisfaction reports; action-research projects, staff induction, teacher training and professional development and learning, curriculum renewal, pedagogical practice and whole-school solutions for renewal and school improvement support within Islamic schools.

          Induction Workshops

Annual Workshops provide quality induction for new teachers in Islamic schools (both Muslim teachers and teachers who do not identify as Muslim) to enhance the educational experience of Australian Muslim students. The workshop covers religious and cultural competency in Muslim communities and Islamic schools; Islamic education principles, perspective and philosophies; responsive pedagogy for teaching Muslim students; and contemporary issues in the Australian Islamic school classroom.

Teacher Training Programs - Islamic Pedagogy Specialisations

The Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) in conjunction with the University of South Australia’s School of Education will offer teacher training programs with an Islamic pedagogy specialisation for teachers in Islamic schools or teachers with high volume of Muslim students.

The three Islamic pedagogy specialisation programs are the first of their kind in Australia and will be available from 2018. Programs will be on-line or in the case of cohort groups, a combination of on-line and on-site intensives. The Master of Teaching (secondary) program provides those with a relevant undergraduate degree a pathway to becoming a teacher in Australia with a specialisation in Islamic pedagogy. The Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are recognised programs accredited and designed for teachers and non-trained teachers Nationally and Internationally. All programs will feature leading National and International scholars, academics and educational practitioners in the field of Islamic education and schooling.

Master of Teaching (Islamic Pedagogy specialisation)

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) has been designed to develop skilled, committed and flexible education professionals with the knowledge and pedagogical skills informed by the philosophy and principles of Islamic education and best contemporary practice as reflected in the AITL Australian Professionals Standards for Teachers. The Islamic pedagogy specialisation aims to promote effective and inclusive learning for teaching secondary students in Islamic schools or schools with high volume of Muslim students.

Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma (Islamic Pedagogy specialisation)

The Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are recognised certificate and diploma programs designed to provide professional learning for trained and non-trained teachers of Muslim students, including in Islamic schools or Madrassah. The programs include courses on Islam in context as well as Islamic pedagogy and aim to further develop skilled education professionals who have the knowledge, pedagogical and practical skills to promote effective and inclusive learning in a diverse educational settings for Muslim students.

Leadership Processes in Islamic Organisations

This project deals with processes of leadership across organisations, which entails the leaders’ and followers’ behaviours, actions, attitudes and the perceptions concerning the leadership process among various stakeholders.

Ethical Finance

This program focuses on Islamic finance as an alternative financing model in the Australian and global finance markets. The program is designed for teaching and research at under- and post-graduate levels and incorporates the understanding of new paradigms in ethical finance premised on Islamic legal criteria, comparative studies of conventional commercial and tax laws. These paradigms resonate with Islamic trade practices and alternative investment practices that fall under the general rubric of ethical finance.

Areas of study and research

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