Dr. Abdullah Sahin

BA, PGCE, MEd, PhD (University of Birmingham)
Dr. Abdullah Sahin
Job Title:
Head of Research and Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies and Education
Research Interests:
  • Contemporary theory and practice of Islamic education
  • Faith development and Muslim theological education
  • Historical critical and social research methodologies in the study of Islam and Muslims
  • Developing Islamic educational programmes combatting religious extremism.
  • British Muslim Youth.
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Dr. Sahin, educated at the Universities of Ankara and Birmingham, comes from an Islamic and Educational Studies background and is interested in exploring diverse issues informing learning and teaching of Islam in mainly secular, culturally and religiously plural contemporary societies in Europe. Dr. Sahin conducted research on religious identity formation among British Muslim youth and worked on educational strategies to address the impact of religious extremism in their lives. Recently (2004 - 2006) he completed an international research project entitled "Religious Extremism and Kuwaiti Youth: The Role of Educational Policy in Addressing Regional Security Concerns in the Gulf.

Developing critical /empirical perspectives for the contemporary theory and practice of Islamic Education has been at the centre of his teaching and research activities. His other areas of research and teaching are faith development and Muslim theological education, contemporary/classical Muslim educational thought, social and educational modernisation in the Muslim world and the use of historical/critical and social research methodologies in the study of Islam and Muslims. Dr. Sahin has taught at the universities of Birmingham, Aberdeen, Kuwait and Gulf University for Science and Technology and is a member of "International Seminary on Religious Education and Values (ISREV)."

Dr Sahin has recently been appointed as a Visiting professor (2009/10 Academic Year) at the Institut d'Etudes de l'Islam et des Sociétés du Monde Musulman at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

Dr Sahin has recently published a book entitled "New Directions in Islamic Education: pedagogy and identity formation", (2013, Kube)

Dr Sahin is the course leader for the new programme "MEd in Islamic Education: New Perspectives".

Some of his recent publications include:

  • Book Review ( The Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur’an; three books, two cities, one tale by Anton Wessels) The Muslim World Book Review, 35:4 (51-56), 2015.
  • 'A Theology of Belonging: The Case of European Muslims Reconsidered', Die Akademie der Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart, 2013.  ( http://www.akademie-rs.de/fileadmin/user_upload/download_archive/interreligioeser-dialog/131115_sahin_belonging.pdf)
  • The Role of Educational Theology in Reconciling Faith with Reason in Islam: Reflections on the Case of Ikwan al-Safa’ (Review Article), The Muslim World Book Review, V.32/4(6-17), 2012.
  • "Islam, Secularity and Culture of Critical Openness: A Muslim Theological Reflection" in Y. Birt et al (eds) British Secularism and Religion (2011), Kube
  • "The Complex Inheritance of the First Generation: Religious Nurture Among British Muslim Communities" in OASIS, 2011  V 6 No 12 p.45-50
  • "The Contribution of Religious Education to Social and Community Cohesion: An Islamic Educational Perspective" in RE and Social and Community Cohesion M. Grimmitt (ed) ( 2010), McCrimmion press, pp.165- 184
  • "Authority and Autonomy: An Islamic Education Perspective on Human Agency" in Islam and Autonomy; International Perspectives, Marcio Buitelaar et al (eds) University of Groningen, 2013.
  • "Exploring the Religious Life-World and Attitudes toward Islam among British Muslim Adolescents" in L. Francis et al (eds) (2005) Religion, Education and Adolescence: International Empirical Perspectives, Cardiff, University of Wales Press. Pp.164-184.
  • "Sahin-Francis Scale of Attitudes towards Islam" in Muslim Education Quarterly, Spring 2004. "The Profile of Religious Education in the Islamic World, in RE in Europe, Comenius-Institut, Muenster, 2001.
  • "Technologies of self" and perceptions of Woman in Islamic Culture, Islamiyat, 3 (2) p.20-31, 2000.
  • "Educational and Theological Foundations of Religious Education: A "Dialectical/Hermeneutical Approach to the Theory and Practice of Education in Islam", Islamiyat, 1(2),p.50-75,1998.