Research Fellow in Islam in Education and Law
Director, Curriculum for Cohesion
- Dr Matthew L N Wilkinson
- Email address:
- + 44 (0)7930 413841
- SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
- Russell Square: College Buildings
Dr Matthew Wilkinson is Senior Research Fellow in Contemporary Islam and Principal Investigator of Understanding Conversion to Islam in Prison. In 1989, he won a scholarship in Theology & Religious Studies at Trinity College, Cambridge. After embracing Islam in 1991, Matthew studied the Qur’an and Islamic law in traditional settings and then taught History, Citizenship and Islamic Studies in schools for 15 years. He completed his PhD in Education at King’s College London in 2011. He is the author of A Fresh Look at Islam in a Multi-faith World: a philosophy for success through education (Routledge, 2015) which was awarded the Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize (2014) as the most “creative and innovative” work of critical realist philosophy. Matthew acts regularly as an expert witness in Islamic theology and law. His second book based on this experience, The Genealogy of Terror: how to distinguish between Islam, Islamism and Islamist Extremism, will be published by Routledge in 2018.
Arabic - Standard Arabic to an advanced grammatical and advanced conversational level (CEFR Level: B2).
French - Competent written and spoken French (CEFR Level: B1).
Latin - Reads, writes and understands Latin.
Ancient Greek - Reads, writes and understands Ancient Greek.
Spanish - Fluent (CEFR Level: C1+).
Crown Prosecution Service, London Scrutiny & Involvement Panel
Expert Witness Institute
I research and write in the field of the contemporary philosophy of Islam with a focus on its application to understanding the presence (and absence) of Islam and Muslims in processes of education and law.
My current work is focussed on understanding conversion to Islam in UK and European prisons. I am researching who Muslim converts are in terms of socio-demographics and religious conviction, why they convert, and how they can derive maximal benefit from their religious choice in terms of effective rehabilitiation and reintegration into society.
I worked closely with Professor Roy Bhaskar, the founder of the philosophy of critical realism, developing an original educational philosophy of Islam called Islamic Critical Realism, designed to help young people of faith to flourish in multi-faith contexts. This philosophy and educational theory have been published in my book, 'A Fresh Look at Islam in a Multi-faith World: a philosophy for success through education'. This book was awarded the Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize as "the most innovative and creative work of critical realist philosophy " in 2014.
Before researching and teaching in higher education, I taught History and Islamic Studies in schools of different types for 20 years during which time I set up a Qur'an school and pioneered the use of drama to help children explore themes in Islamic theology.
I have also acted as an Expert Witness in Islamic theology and law in 27 significant counter-terror trials. My second book based on this experience, The Genealogy of Terror: how to distinguish between Islam, Islamism and Islamist Extremism, will be published by Routledge in Spring 2018.
Wilkinson, Matthew (2017) Distinguishing between Islam, Islamism and Violent Extremism: a philosophical-legal guide. Abingdon: Routledge. [Forthcoming]
Wilkinson, Matthew L N (2015) A Fresh Look at Islam in a Multi-faith World: a philosophy for success through education. Abingdon: Routledge.
Wilkinson, Matthew L. N. (2015) 'The Metaphysics of a Contemporary Islamic Shari'a: A MetaRealist Perspective'. Journal of Critical Realism, (14) 4, pp 350-365.
Wilkinson, Matthew L.N. (2014) 'Helping Muslim boys succeed: the case for history education'. The Curriculum Journal, (25) 3, pp 396-431.
Wilkinson, Matthew L.N. (2014) 'The concept of the absent curriculum: the case of the Muslim contribution and the English National Curriculum for history'. Journal of Curriculum Studies, (46) 4, pp 419-440.
Wilkinson, Matthew (2013) 'Including the Muslim Contribution in the National Curriculum for History'. Primary History Journal, (65) Autumn.
Wilkinson, Matthew L. N. (2013) 'Introducing Islamic Critical Realism'. Journal of Critical Realism, (12) 4, pp 419-442.
Wilkinson, Matthew L. N. (2016) 'Factoring-in faith fairly: a contribution from critical realism to the authentic framing of Muslims-in-education'. In: Haywood, Chris and Mac an Ghaill, Mairtin, (eds.), Education, Neo-liberalism and Muslim Students: Schooling a ‘Suspect Community. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Forthcoming]
Wilkinson, Matthew and Sokolow, Moshe (2015) 'Reclaiming the Common Sacred Ground: the past, present and future of comparative Jewish-Muslim Education'. In: Meri, J., (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Muslim-Jewish Relations. Abingdon: Routledge.
Wilkinson, Matthew (2013) Response to the July 2013 Draft Specification of the National Curriculum for History. Cambridge: Curriculum for Cohesion.
Wilkinson, Matthew (2013) Response to the February 2013 Draft Specification of the National Curriculum for History. Cambridge: Curriculum for Cohesion.
Wilkinson, Matthew (2012) A Broader, Truer History for All. Cambridge : Curriculum for Cohesion.
Wilkinson, Matthew (2006) 'The Demise of Imam Faustus'.
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