Keynote Lecture: Being a Socially Just Educational Leader in a Muslim Context: Role Models and Mentorship in Higher Education Teaching, supervision & research

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


This talk examines the Islamic social justice tradition as it applies to higher educational leadership in role modelling and mentoring roles related to teaching, research and supervision. These values of social justice are contrasted with the neoliberal economic paradigm and its globalised forms over the last 40 years that have been criticized extensively. Instead, Islamic social justice values are approached as a form of humanism, related to European traditions like hermeneutics for which it was a foundation and the German Bildung tradition of education that shares many similarities with how becoming educated is understood in the Islamic tradition. This includes identifying social justice values in the Qur’an and Sunnah, how they have been understood in various scholarly traditions and in historical practice, and how they can be understood and applied in modernising contexts. These are applied to academic values and roles as a development of self, as a vocation rather than job, with its subjective and objective dimensions, and what it means to become a socially just academic, as part of one’s ethos and ethic.
Period22 Mar 2021
Held atSultan Qaboos University, Oman
Degree of RecognitionInternational