The IIS Secondary Curriculum
The IIS Secondary Curriculum adopts an approach to the study of Islam based on humanistic, civilisational and normative perspectives. It seeks to acquaint secondary students with the diverse and dynamic interplay of Islamic expressions – religious, social, cultural and material – that manifest themselves in Muslim societies of the past and present day.
It strives to achieve this aim by seamlessly integrating the religious content with the social sciences and the humanities. Religion is not viewed as a detached and compartmentalized phenomenon in history and society, but rather in terms of its multifaceted connections with various dimensions of human experience. At the same time, the curriculum encourages students to analyze their own contemporary situations and to reflect on the social and ethical challenges of an increasingly plural world.
To achieve its aims, the curriculum applies pedagogical approaches consonant with its philosophical framework. It calls for a profile of teachers with a broad set of proficiencies - a profile that is not narrowly specialist but reflects an acquaintance with a range of contexts. These pedagogical approaches invite the active engagement of teachers and students with the content of the curriculum so as to engender thought and reflection on contemporary issues faced by Ismaili Muslims, other Muslim communities, and societies in general.