Promoting Academic Scholarship

Promoting Academic Scholarship

In February 2017 CISOQ helped to facilitate a highly successful weekend residential course on the theme of “An Introduction to Islamic Ethics”, hosted by the University of Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education, at the kind invitation of Marianne Talbot, Director of Studies in Philosophy. The course was attended by 50 students coming from various backgrounds and regions of the UK. Shaykh Sharif H. Banna, Director of the Islamic Institute for Development & Research (IIDR) was the guest course tutor.

April 2015 saw Fellows at the Middle East Centre, participate in a teaching visit to the CIS, aimed at providing a continued Oxford academic presence at the CIS for part of their Spring semester. The Fellows met with CIS students and staff, combining guest seminars with public lectures and individual tutorials with CIS Masters students.

CISOQ has convened 3 research study visits hosting 4-5 Masters students each time, from the CIS to the Middle East Centre at St Antony's College – in January 2020; February 2019 and February 2015. These study visits are specifically aimed at providing academic support and advice as the students worked on their Masters research and theses. The students make the most of their four weeks with us, participating in student seminars, attending classes and lectures, meeting for one-to-one tutorials with their designated Oxford supervisor as well as presenting their own Masters research to students of the Middle East Centre's Modern Middle Eastern Studies graduate taught courses. The students have opportunities to meet with other Oxford academics as well as guest speakers to Oxford and the wider Oxford community. The study visits are currently on hold in lieu of the COVID pandemic and the associated uncertainty regarding travel. 

In 2011 academics at St Antony’s College and the Faculty of Oriental Studies have collaborated with staff at the College of Islamic Studies (CIS), part of Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Doha, Qatar to help develop course modules for one of the CIS's Masters of Arts courses in relation to contemporary Islamic thought and societies.