Developing a critical pedagogy of 'research-based' teaching in Islamic studies

Ayla Gol

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Studying Islam and Middle Eastern politics has become highly popular, particularly in American and British universities after the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorist events. Unfortunately, the increasing interest in Islam and Muslims in the West is often based on (mis)recognition of images of Muslims in the media. This has created a new set of problems of ignorance and misunderstandings about terrorism and the Islamic world. The intent of this article is to outline a ‘critical pedagogy’ of research-based teaching for Islamic studies and illustrate how this kind of pedagogical engagement better equips students to ‘problematise the natural, cultural and historical reality’ and dominant Orientalist assumptions about the relationship between Islam and terrorism. This article shows how research-based teaching can help students to become critical thinkers to connect knowledge and power while studying Islam and Middle Eastern politics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-440
Number of pages10
JournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


  • critical pedagogy
  • research-based teaching
  • Islam
  • terrorism
  • Islamic studies
  • Middle Eastern politics


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