2nd Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference


2nd Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference 

11-12 July 2017, Mount Lofty House

1st Australian Islamic Education Forum

Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Curriculum

The conference is proudly presented by the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) and the University of South Australia.

Conference Presentations

Conference Booklet


The Annual Islamic Schooling Conference serves to build the rigor of educational research informing best practices in Islamic schooling. Educational research that is grounded in the Islamic tradition and educational heritage, aligned with contemporary educational practice, cognisant of the educational context and substantiated by evidence based empirical research. 

Join us for the premier gathering for scholars, academics, policy specialists, educational leaders, teacher researchers, and educational partners in the field of Islamic schooling. 

Across two days the conference will explore the theme of curriculum in Islamic schooling from a whole-of-life and whole-of-community perspective. An impressive line-up of international speakers from specialist disciplines and diverse sectors is sure to offer valuable and practical insights into the future of curriculum in Islamic schooling in the West.


Curriculum is a broad concept often explained simply as what is taught. Curriculum represents a key focus in education discourse based on its importance to quality teaching and learning. Islamic schooling circles have long recognised the importance of curriculum. Testament to this was the ground breaking Second World Conference on Muslim Education in Islamabad in 1980 which investigated the theme of integrated Islamic curricula. The iconic conference captured wide spread concerns in the field regarding the quality and appropriateness of  existing curricular and added impetus to discussions around future directions for curricular in Islamic schooling.

How much progress has been made in the area of curriculum within Islamic schooling? To what extent have we achieved an ‘Islamic’ curriculum? What does this mean? Are curricular relevant and contextual and how do they align with National/Ministerial curriculum? How equipped is the field of Islamic schooling to manage necessary curriculum renewal? What progress has been made in the area of integrated curricular? What does integration in the context of Islamic schooling deliver for quality teaching and learning? Do existing curricular meet the needs of Western Muslim students?

These are just some of the questions that Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Curriculum will tackle over two conference days.

The following curriculum themes will be explored:

  • Conceptualisations
  • Theories
  • Debates and contested spaces
  • Historical models
  • Analyses of contemporary models
  • Analyses of inter-faith perspectives
  • Curriculum, assessment and pedagogy
  • Leadership for quality curriculum


Key Dates & Times

The Conference is proposed to be held on Tuesday 11th July 2017 and Wednesday 12th July 2017.

Conference Hours: Tuesday 11th July

8:00am | Registration Opens

9:00am – 5:10pm | Conference Program (Magrib 5.20pm)

7:30pm – 9:30pm | Conference Dinner

Conference Hours: Wednesday 12th July

8:00am | Registration Opens

9:00am – 5:10pm | Conference Program

5:15pm | Conference Closes (Magrib 5.20pm)


  • Two outstanding key-note speakers to open conference on both days
  • Well-known and respected speakers featuring on each panel session
  • Four-Five sessions planned per day, including key note address
  • Final details to be confirmed in due course

Key Note Speakers

Nadeem A. Memon, PhD

Nadeem A. Memon, PhD

Dr. Nadeem Memon is the Director of Education at Abu Dhabi University Knowledge Group, the education consulting arm of the university that develops professional development solutions for educators globally. His current focus is on developing educational solutions that improve the quality of teaching of Arabic and Islamic Education across the Gulf Region. Dr Memon also spearheaded the design and roll-out of a ground breaking online teacher certificate program, The Islamic Teacher Education Program (ITEP) for Islamic school teachers in collaboration with Razi Education and the University of Toronto.

More information about Dr Memon here

Seema Imam, PhD

Seema Imam, PhD

Dr. Seema Imam is Co-Chair of the National College of Education, at National Louis University where she has served 20 years in Elementary, Middle and Special Education teacher preparation. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Islamic Schools League of America and teaches the online course, Integrating, Infusing, Initiating: Designing Curriculum for Islamic Schools,” in the certificate program offered worldwide with Islamic Teacher Education Program. Seema served 16 years in Chicago public school classrooms, and was founding principal of Universal School in Bridgeview, IL, an Islamic Pk-12th grade school in Chicago’s suburbs. 

More information about Dr Imam here

Expected Participants

The conference expects delegates from Australia and the Asia/Pacific region. This includes delegates from universities, Islamic Schools, other faith based schools/institutions, educational leaders, ulama, local/international government representatives and other leaders from the Muslim Community.


Mounty Lofty House

The proposed venue is Mount Lofty House, Adelaide Hills.

  • 74 Mt Lofty Summit Road, Crafers, SA, 5152
  • More information can be found here


For information on accommodation, please click here.

Calls for Abstracts

Researchers, practitioners, and policy specialists are encouraged to submit abstracts of no more than 200 words by Friday, 31 March 2017 to: cite@unisa.edu.au.

Submission Details:

  • Title of proposed presentation (should not exceed 10 words)
  • Abstract (between 250-300 words)
  • Contact Information
  • Presenter Bio (should not exceed 80 words) – selected presenters will have bio appear in conference program,

All submissions will be reviewed for completeness. A confirmation email will follow. Incomplete proposals may not be considered. If the proposal is accepted, the presenter will be asked to present in a panel session.

Conference Fees

Early Bird (end date: 5pm Friday 7 July 2017)

Full two day conference inclusive of dinner $450


Full two day registration inclusive of dinner $550

One day registration $250 

Conference dinner $65

Student Registration

Two full days $330

Conference dinner $65

Areas of study and research

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