Presented by Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE), School of Education, University of South Australia 

Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th July 2018




Things to do in Adelaide


Some of the presenters below, please see conference program for the full list



Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney, Professor of Education, together with Professor Rob Hattam, Professor of Education Justice, UniSA, will be delivering the first Keynote Address "Towards a decolonizing Australian Culturally Responsive Pedagogy"


Professor Robert Hattam, Professor of Education Justice, School of Education UniSA


Dr Farah Ahmed, Founder & Director, Education at Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation, United Kingdom




Ms Claire Alkouatli, PhD Student, University of British Columbia, Canada



Dr Nadeem Memon's research focuses on teacher education with particular emphasis on Islamic Pedagogy, comparative faith-based schooling, philosophy of religious education, and culturally relevant and responsive teaching


Mrs Aynur Simsirel, current Chair of the Australian Schools Association Australia (ISAA) and is Principal Advisor for Independent Schools Victoria. She supports schools in a variety of contexts, ranging from compliance, policy development, curriculum and student wellbeing initiatives as well as school performance, strategic planning and governance.



Dylan Chown, Program Director of Islamic pedagogy specialisation (minor) within the Master of Teaching (secondary) and the Graduate Diploma in Education (Islamic Education, CITE, UniSA



Pedagogy can be defined in many ways, narrowly as a way of teaching or a methodology of instruction, and more broadly as a framework for conceptualising what is meant by approaches to schooling. A critical reflection on pedagogy within the field of Islamic schooling is timely as we move beyond the establishment phase and embrace an era characterised by renewal.


 If one considers the provocation that pedagogy is never politically neutral, a unique lens for exploration exists in the field of Islamic schooling given the complex politics of Muslims and Islam in popular Australian media as well as in other contemporary Western contexts and the intersection with contemporary schooling contexts, sometimes criticised as neoliberal. 

How much progress has been made in the area of pedagogy within Islamic schooling? What is an Islamic pedagogy and what does it offer to the field of Islamic schooling? Are our current pedagogies responsive to the educational context and the needs of Australian Muslim students? How does pedagogical practice in Islamic schools align with AITSL teacher standards? How equipped is the field of Islamic schooling to manage necessary pedagogical renewal? 

These are just some of the questions that Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy will tackle over two conference days, as it examines pedagogy and Islamic schooling for Muslim students from a whole-of-life and whole-of-community perspective. 

With an impressive line-up of international and national speakers from specialist disciplines and diverse sectors, Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy is sure to offer valuable and practical insights into the future of pedagogy in Islamic schooling in the West. 

Islamic Schooling Renewal – A Focus on Pedagogy conference program will explore the following curriculum themes: 

  • Conceptualisations of pedagogy in Islamic schooling
  • Pedagogy – theory and praxis
  • Pedagogical leadership
  • Politics and pedagogy
  • Pedagogy, identity and citizenship
  • Critical pedagogical perspectives
  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
  • Professional learning communities – pedagogical conversations
  • Pedagogy and implications for curriculum and assessment 
  • Professional learning and teacher education

Dates / Timing

The Conference is to be held on Tuesday 10th July and Wednesday 11th July 2018 with the following proposed timings: 
Conference Hours: Tuesday 10th July

7.30am Registration Opens 8.00am - 5.15 pm Conference Program (Maghrib 5.20 pm)
7.30 pm – 9.30 pm Conference Dinner  

Conference Hours: Wednesday 11th July

7.45am Registration Opens 8.00am - 5.15 pm Conference Program (Maghrib 5.20 pm)


Key-note speakers will open the conference on both days. We also anticipate renowned and respected speakers featuring on each panel session, providing key information on the selected themes and topics. We are not planning concurrent break-out sessions as we feel that all delegates will benefit from the broad and rich discussion in the topical areas. There will be four to five sessions planned for each day, including the Keynote address. Final details will be confirmed in due course. 

Expected Participants 

We are expecting delegates from Australia and the Asia / Pacific region. This includes delegates from universities, Islamic schools, other faith based schools and institutions, educational leaders, ulama, local / international government representatives and other leaders from the Muslim community. 

Venue/Accommodation - Stamford Grand Adelaide

 This is a first class conference facility located in one of Adelaide's premier beachside hotels,10 minute drive from the airport and a 20 minute drive from Adelaide's CBD. Located right on the beach at popular seaside suburb of Glenelg. 

Stamford Grand Adelaide is offering special conference rates for our participants.  All guests will be entitled to the negotiated rates from the 9th to the 11th July 2018.  The rate on either side of this date will be subject to availability at the time of booking.

Grand City Rooms - $165.00 per room, per night, room only.

Grand Ocean Rooms - $195.00 per room, per night, room only.

To receive this negotiated rate, please advise Reservations that you are attending the Centre for Islamic Thought & Education Group and quote the code (CEN090718) at the time of booking.  You will also need to provide a valid credit card number in order for us to confirm their reservation.
All bookings will have a 30 day cancellation policy.

To make a booking guests will need to contact our General Reservations department on the below details:
Phone: (+61) 08 8376 1222  Email:

Key Dates and Details

Date and time
Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 July 2018
8.00am - 5:30pm
Stamford Grand Hotel, Glenelg, 2 Jetty Road, Glenelg, Adelaide
Conference Registration
Early Bird Registration Fee ends 6pm Friday 15 June 2018
 $450 (2 days conference including dinner)
Standard Registration Fee
$550 (2 days conference including dinner)
$330 (Student Registration excluding dinner)
$250 (1 day conference only)
$65 conference dinner only
$450 pp Group discount for 5 or more registrations (please send email to receive discount to
Invoice - if you wish to pay by invoice, please email directly for an invoice to be emailed to you
Abstract Submissions
18 January 2018- Abstract Submissions Open
25 May 2018 - Abstract Submissions close, early submissions welcome
 11 June 2018 - Outcome of submission advised

Please submit your abstracts to Mr Dylan Chown at

Enquiries and further information
Please email
Key Dates
18 January 2018 - Abstract Submissions Open
25 May 2018 -  Abstract Submissions close. Early submissions are welcome.
11 June 2018 - Outcome of submission advised
18 June 2018 - Program released
10 & 11 July 2018 - Date of Event
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