Haroon Sidat & Saleem Seedat with Prof Ron Geaves

The Darul Ulum and Mainstream Higher Education: A Way Forward?

Having completed Darsi Nizami studies, Haroon completed a degree in Economics and Social Studies at Manchester University before taking up employment at Ernst and Young LLP whilst studying to become a Chartered Accountant. He holds a PGCE in Mathematics and also lectures at Jamiatul ilm Wal-Huda (Blackburn) on their BA Islamic Studies programme in association with Middlesex University. He runs a blog (www.haroonsidat.wordpress.com) and is a member of the Al-Qalam Shari’ah Scholars panel.

Email address: haroon.sidat@hotmail.com

After studying traditional Islamic sciences for seven years, Saleem Seedat was awarded a scholarship to study a Diploma in Contextual Islamic Studies and Leadership at Cambridge Muslim College. Along with his academic background, Saleem has experience of working in the Corporate Division of the NHS for more than five years and has been involved in many voluntary community initiatives in Blackburn. He was the Mayor’s Chaplain for the Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council last year. Currently he is a College Chaplain and is also a lecturer of Islamic Studies at a local seminary: Jamiat-ul-Ilm Wal Huda.

Email address: saleem_seedat@hotmail.com

Professor Ron Geaves has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor at the Islam-UK Centre, based in the School of History, Archaeology, and Religion at Cardiff University. He held a Chair in Religious Studies at the University of Chester (20012007) and a Chair in the Comparative Study of Religion at Liverpool Hope University (2007-2013). He joined the Community Religions Project at the University of Leeds in 1988 where he began to work on the transmigration of South Asian religions to Britain, especially Islam. He completed his PhD thesis ‘Sectarian Influences within Islam in Britain’which was published as a Community Religions Monograph. He has researched Islam in Britain since that time, publishing several books that explore British manifestations of Sufism.

Email address: GeavesR@cardiff.ac.uk

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