Regional Seminary Outreach and Training on Philosophy, Science & Religion
Regional Seminary Outreach and Training on PSR – As indicated in the executive summary, FEIISP has started making a local impact with nearby institutions. However, FEIISP understands the importance of making courses on PSR as an integral part of the seminary curriculum. This is both an opportunity and a challenge. It is an opportunity because currently only a few organisations are trying to relay the importance of such subjects to the wider Muslim community. These include Cambridge Muslim College, Al Salam Institute and Ebrahim College. However, these institutions face the problem of brick and mortar. They have a central location which requires students to come to their location for training and or learning. The FEIISP is different in this respect. FEIISP’s teachers and lecturers will be sent to seminaries who are interested in PSR courses making the whole teaching process easier and customisable according to the needs of each seminary. This will involve teaching the students and potentially training the teachers so that they can remain independent of FEIISP when continuing with the courses. The goal is to make the courses accessible without long term reliance so that PSR becomes an accessible discourse in seminaries. It is a challenge because, still, some seminaries don’t feel that such courses are necessary or haven’t heard about the PSR discourse. So alongside teaching and training PSR courses for interested seminaries, this also requires fostering connections and developing a network so as to encourage uninterested seminaries towards integrating PSR into their curriculum. FEIISP intends to work on both aspects with the requested funds. The intention is to focus on one region (north, central and south in the UK) for each year.
FEIISP understands the importance of making courses on PSR as an integral part of the seminary curriculum