Religious seminars & Lectures




Abstracts of empirical and conceptual nature relating to the theme of the conference cited above are invited from academics of all levels including early career researchers and PhD students.

Prospective participants are expected to send abstracts of not more than 200 words in Times New Roman (12pts) to the following email address: The submission must also contain the title of the presentation, Name(s), Department, Institution and Email Address of the corresponding author(s).

Submission deadline is set for Friday, 17th December, 2021. Acceptance notification will be sent by Monday, 31st January, 2022 via e-mail.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference is planned to be virtual with a limited in-person participation.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

The secular space in Ghana’s education system

Legal and constitutional framework of secularism in Ghana’s schools.

Compliance and infractions of the secular system in Ghana’s education institutions.

Historical and contemporary experiences of Muslim students in Ghana’s public and mission schools.

The Impact of Islamic educational institutions on Ghanaian society

Islam within the secular schooling environment

Muslim students in Ghana’s education system: Religiosity and identity

Global and national trends in Islamophobia in the school system

The Madrasa system in Ghana and the Islamic tradition of nurture and schooling

Foundations of Makaranta/Madrasa/Islamic education

Historical origins of Madrasas in Ghana

Ownership and governance of Madrasas

Curricula reforms in Ghana’s Madrasas

Innovative perspectives on curriculum, methodology, pedagogy and assessment in Madrasas

Islamic pre-school institutions

Education in Ghana’s Zongo communities: Contemporary developments and Challenges

Character building in contemporary primary education

Politics of modern Islamic schooling

Ownership and governance of Islamic JHSs and SHSs

Integrated experiences of learning and teaching in Islamic Education

Islamic Education and religious extremism

Educational reform in traditional Islamic schools

Islamic educational institutions, social integration and civic engagement

Arabic in the curricula of Islamic education

Approaches and Challenges in Arabic Language Pedagogy in Ghana

The status of Arabic language teaching in Ghana today

Potential of Arabic as a lingua franca in Ghana

Arabic and Ghana’s historical and intellectual heritage

Leveraging Islamic educational institutions for national and inter-sect cohesion

Inclusive Islamic common denominators

Positive coexistence: Reality and Expectations

Islamic unity projects in education

Islamic educational institutions and their prospects for promoting peaceful coexistence and national development

About the 1st Islamic University College, Ghana National Conference

Since colonial times, Christian-controlled educational institutions have been at the forefront in the provision of formal education in Ghana. Long before then, however, Islamic education through the Madrasa system, was already operational, especially in areas with significant Muslim populations. While Christian Missionary Schools flourished in an organized symbiotic relationship with the colonial authorities and the mother Mission headquarters abroad, the organization of Islamic schools, and especially the Madrasa system, was and has largely been haphazard and voluntarist. Even with subsequent government policies directed at mainstreaming them into a secular national education system, success has been minimal. Stakeholders in the Islamic school system have been struggling to cope with old and emerging exigencies. The problem has further been compounded by the recent assertiveness of Christian mission schools wishing to enforce strict compliance with the tenets of their religious beliefs. Most often, Muslim students have been at the receiving end of this resurgent assertiveness. Mindful of the need to promote national cohesion and religious tolerance, government has on a number of occasions intervened in ways that emphasize Ghana’s secular status. It is in light of these developments, that an Interdisciplinary Education Conference is being organized by the Department of Religious Studies of the Islamic University College, Ghana to bring together scholars, researchers and practitioners to share their research results on all aspects of Islamic educational institutions in Ghana as well as on the most recent trends, challenges encountered and proposed solutions in the area of Islamic educational institutions in Ghana.

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