Excerpts from Zulfikar A Hirji’s: Introduction to the Muslim Pluralism Seminar Series
"In recent years, there has been an upsurge of interest in citizenship and citizenship education, not only in the United Kingdom, but throughout Europe and indeed globally. In September 2002, citizenship education was introduced as a statutory requirement in English secondary schools. This presentation explored the relationship between citizenship and ethnic and religious diversity in the contemporary British context and how this relationship is subsequently constructed in the context of education. Based on preliminary analysis of empirical data from interviews with relevant policy makers and curriculum developers, Dina Kiwan investigated the extent to which themes of ‘citizenship’, ‘diversity’ and pedagogy’ are addressed throughout the process from policy to practice."
Zulfikar Hirji is an Anthropologist and Social Historian of Muslim Societies and Cultures. He is currently Associate Professor of Anthropology at York University, Toronto. He was formerly a Research Associate at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, and Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford.