SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Matthew L N Wilkinson

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Overview

Matthew Wilkinson
Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Research Fellow in Islam in Education and Law

Centre of Islamic Studies (CIS)

Director, Curriculum for Cohesion

Name:
Dr Matthew L N Wilkinson
Email address:
Telephone:
+ 44 (0)7930 413841
Address:
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings

Biography

Dr Matthew Wilkinson is Research Fellow in Islam in Education & Law and Principal Researcher of Curriculum for Cohesion. 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.

Languages

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+).

Affiliations

Crown Prosecution Service, London Scrutiny & Involvement Panel

Community Member

Expert Witness Institute

Member

Teaching

At present, my Research Fellowship on Islam in Education & Law is focused on writing a book for the senior judiciary, the media and the prison service entitled, Distinguishing between Islam, Islamism & Violent Extremism: a philosophical-legal guide.

Research

I research and write in the field of the contemporary theological 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.

I worked closely with Professor Roy Bhaskar, the founder of the philosophy of critical realism, until his death in November 2014 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 has 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 fifteen significant counter-terror trials.

Publications

Authored Books

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.

Articles

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.

Book Chapters

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.

Monographs and Working Papers

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.

Other

Wilkinson, Matthew (2006) 'The Demise of Imam Faustus'.

 

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