Focused Research Areas
Domestic and family violence (DFV) in Muslim/Culturally and Linguistically Diverse/Faith-based communities
CITE is involved in research in the significant area of Domestic and family violence (DFV) in Muslim/Culturally and Linguistically Diverse/Faith-based communities, and strengthening families. Currently, our focus is on a number of research projects including:
- Challenges identifying DFV for Muslim communities
- DFV perpetration/victimisation and associated factors in Muslim communities
- DFV attitudes and associated factors for Muslim communities
- Muslim scholars’ views of verse 4:34 and DFV
- Muslim victims’ experiences with the Australian Criminal Justice system
- Intersection between religion and cultural impositions on gender roles/gender relations that perpetuate DFV
- Developing culturally responsive strategies towards faith-based approach to DFV
- Community based strategies in prevention/recovery approaches to DFV
Islamic Schools Renewal
A whole-of-school research agenda that focuses on:
1. Gathering empirical research from classroom observations in Australian Islamic school classrooms in order to understand how Islamic pedagogy manifests in the structure, culture and pedagogical practices of such schools. This research proposes to inform Islamic school renewal, teacher training and more broadly, equitable and inclusive educational practice. This research complements other areas of interest, including:
- Character education in Islamic schooling
- Culturally and religiously responsive pedagogy for diverse Australian classrooms
- Inclusive education
- Epistemological, methodological and pedagogical diversity
2. National Australian Islamic Studies Curriculum: CITE is gathering national data from all stakeholders of Islamic schools (students, parents, teachers, leaders and academics) to inform the shaping of a national Islamic studies curriculum. This project is guided by a steering committee made of specialists in Islamic studies, Islamic pedagogy, assessment, curriculum design and Islamic sacred sciences.
3. Applied Islam for young Australian Muslims – CITE is gathering data to assess the appropriateness and relevance of a two year, part-time, Islamic studies program offered to young Australian Muslims across four States (NSW, SA, VIC and QLD). The Applied Islam program is an in-depth program that grounds students in the historical, religious, political and philosophical dimensions of Islam, with relevance to the contemporary world. The program utilizes critical thinking as a tool to understand the rich traditions of Islam, addressing meanwhile areas of significant interest to the lives of young Muslims growing up in a unique Australian context.
CITE’s ongoing research in Islamic Finance cuts across a diverse range of topics including: Islamic investment behaviour; shari’ah trade and financial practices and their relevance in contemporary trade practices law; Islamic microfinance; Islamic financial accounting and reporting standards and, corporate taxation issues associated with variations in sukuk structuring. However, two of CITE’s current signature research projects focuses on financial literacy and real-time trading floor training. The first is a longitudinal study concurrently conducted within Australia and Indonesia examining the prevalence of financial literacy among Muslims adults and school children. The project is intended to be rolled out in Malaysia and thereafter to straddle other countries with anticipated partnering with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Consistent with other global financial literacy studies, this collaborate research initiative is intended to be replicated biennially in a manner that will track financial literacy progress across jurisdictions and globally. The second signature project is a training program that allows student and practitioners to deal ‘hands on’ in trading shari’ah compliant stocks, currencies and sukuks (capital market securities). Participants are introduced to the ethics, principles and foundations of Islamic finance with concurrent exposure to trading room activities .
Leadership processes in Islamic organisations
CITE is involved in research exploring leadership within Islamic organisations. This includes:
- Culture complexity in the Australian Islamic organisations: this explores the effect of multi-level layer cultures and sub cultures on leadership and how this relation could empower or inhibit the processes of leadership.
- Sensemaking within Muslim organisations in Australia: This explores followers' narrative and its impact on sensemaking, particularly how leaders and followers (future leaders) make sense of leading processes in order to overcome organisational challenges.
- Attitudes and behaviours of educational leaders: this examines the attitudes and behaviours of educational leaders, within Australia and Indonesia, with special reference to interpersonal skills in dealing with emotional intelligence.
- Leadership and governance in Australian Muslim schools: This examines how all levels of leadership and management perceive leadership processes within Islamic schools.
- Hope narratives: This explores the lives of Australian Muslim leaders, including their challenges, opportunities and dreams.