Biography

Dr. Shiraz Thobani
Head of Department of Curriculum Studies

Introduction

Dr Shiraz Thobani is the Head of the Department of Curriculum Studies at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. He holds a Ph.D in Education from the University of Cambridge, where he undertook a sociological and policy study of Islam as school knowledge in the English education system. He did his undergraduate degree at University of Toronto, and completed a Masters degree in Religious Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. His MPhil degree at Cambridge was based on Educational Research and Methodology.

Dr Thobani is currently overseeing curriculum research and development on Islam informed by cultural and humanistic perspectives. He also teaches postgraduate level courses on Education in Muslim Societies and is involved as a lecturer in the delivery of teacher education programmes.

Dr Thobani has contributed to a range of projects initiated by European, American and Asian institutions on curriculum-related ventures linked to intercultural and civilisational studies. He is the author of Islam in the School Curriculum: Symbolic Pedagogy and Cultural Claims (2010) and the co-editor of Narrating Islam: Interpretations of the Muslim World in European Texts (2010), in addition to having published a range of articles and chapters on issues related to Muslim education. His research interests are in contemporary Muslim education, the political sociology of the curriculum, and modern educational thought.