Dr Farid Panjwani
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Dr Farid Panjwani is currently an Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations. An alumnus of the IIS’ Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities, he received his doctorate from Oxford University in the philosophy of education, investigating the role of faith schools in liberal democracies.
With a background in the philosophy of education, international development and Islamic studies, Dr Panjwani is particularly interested in the interface between religious and citizenship education and the philosophical questions posed by the need for social cohesion in contemporary multicultural societies. His work additionally deals with forms of social and political marginalisation and relationships between culture and economy. He has published several papers on these subjects.
At AKU-ISMC, Dr Panjwani teaches courses entitled Approaches to the Study of Religion, Muslim Reformers in South Asia and Traditions of Learning: Modes, Meanings and Transformations. From 2008 to 2010, he established and led the Professional Programmes Unit at AKU-ISMC. The Unit offers public education courses and educational consultancies. Prior to joining the Institute, Dr Panjwani worked on an international curriculum development project on Muslim cultures.