Dr Fella Lahmar

Lecturer in Islamic Studies & Education and MEd Islamic Education Course Leader
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Education

• PhD Education, Dec 2012. Thesis: Dealing with diversity in Muslim schools in Britain, University of Nottingham. A multiple qualitative case-study approach was adopted to explore ways in which Muslim schools in Britain are dealing with diversity within a
• MA in Educational Research Methods, Sep 2007, University of Nottingham (an ESRC-recognised research training Masters degree)
• MA in Islamic Studies, Sep 2005, Loughborough University.
• Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education, PGCPSE (Open), Aug 2002, Open University (Focus: Teaching RE at the Secondary education using ICT).
• City & Guilds Teacher Training (Stage 1 and 2 Certificates), Sep 1996-Jun1997, Clarendon College, Nottingham, UK.
• BA (Licence) in Islamic Studies (Quran and Sunnah Sciences), Sep 1989-July 1993, Emir Abdelkader Islamic University, Constantine (Algeria)

Biography

Dr. Fella Lahmar is the Course Leader for the MEd Islamic Education: New Perspectives programme at MIHE. She worked as a Research Associate at the University of Nottingham examining the complexities of international/transnational Higher Education and its links to politics in different contexts. Fella taught in different Muslim schools in England and Saudi Arabia. She has a keen interest in interdisciplinary research combining Western and Islamic theoretical approaches to engage creatively and critically with the emerging issues in areas of research interest and expertise. At the moment, she is working on her book “Islamic Schools in Western Europe: Objectives, diversity and belonging (Routledge) which is to be completed by the end of 2019. Some other works are under-review, published or in press.
Regarding education, Fella achieved a full PhD scholarship from the University of Nottingham and obtained her PhD in Education from the same university in 2012 exploring diversity and development in Muslim schools in Britain. Before that, she accomplished an ESRC-recognised MA in Educational Research Methods from the University of Nottingham in 2007. In 2002, she earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education from the Open University. In 1997, she completed City & Guilds Teacher Training (Stage 1 and 2 Certificates), Clarendon College at Nottingham. Besides the field of Education, Fella obtained an MA in Islamic Studies in 2005, Loughborough University. She holds a BA in Quran and Sunnah Sciences from Emir Abdelkader Islamic University in Algeria (in Arabic).

Research Interests

Broadly speaking, her research interests are in Muslim schooling, philosophy of education, educating Muslims, Islam in Education, Muslims in Britain, Muslims in Western Europe, Contemporary Muslim political thought, Women in Islam, International/Transnational Higher Education in Muslim contexts, Islam in Higher Education …
She has a keen interest in methodological issues, including an interdisciplinary approach to research combining Western and Islamic theoretical approaches to engage creatively and critically with the emerging questions in areas of her research interest and expertise.

Publications

Lahmar, F. (Book in progress). Islamic Schools in Western Europe: Objectives, diversity and belonging. Routledge.
Lahmar, F. (Book chapter in press). The hybrid status of Muslim schools in Britain: Conditions of self-expression. In Arar, Khalid. Brooks, Jeffrey S. Bogotch, Ira (Eds.), Education, Immigration and Migration: Policy, Leadership and Praxis for a Changing World. Emerald in the book series "Advances in Educational Administration".
Lahmar, F. (2011a). Discourses in Islamic educational theory in the light of texts and contexts. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 32(4), 479-495. doi: 10.1080/01596306.2011.601548. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/nVmMvNtmAStmcrWMQ2QC/full
Lahmar, F. (2011b). Exploring the complexity: the theoretical journey of a novice researcher. The Nottingham Jubilee Press. Retrieved from http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/education/documents/news-events/fella-lahma…
Peer Reviewed Conference Papers:
• Practising Islam, Fundamental British Values and Islamic schooling, British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS), 15 –16 April 2019, University of Nottingham (Accepted)
• Islamic education for Qist (justice) and Ihsan (excellence in faith), International Congress on Islamic Education (ICIE), 12-13, April 2019, YEKDER Religious Education Academy and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University, Intanbul. (Accepted)
• Approaches to full-time Islamic schooling in Britain, presented at Rethinking Islamic Education in Europe Conference 2017, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Sarajevo, 14-16 September 2017: http://cns.ba/vijesti/call-for-papers-rethinking-islamic-education-in-e…
• Hijab Beyond Muslim school gates: Piety or segregation?, accepted for the British Educational Research Association (BERA) 2013 (main conference), Sussex 03rd-05th Sept
• Diversity in Muslim schools in Britain, presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) 2012 (main conference), Manchester 04th -06th Sept
• Muslim women talk about leadership: Religious texts as a tool for empowerment, presented at the main conference of BERA 2011, London 6th-8th Sept
• Discourses in Islamic educational theory in the light of texts and contexts, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2010, Denver, USA 30 April–04 May
• Exploring the complexity: The theoretical journey of a novice researcher, ENQUIRE Conference 2010, The University of Nottingham 20-21 July
• Negotiating access to Islamic schools: A Muslim female researcher's account, Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference 2010, the University of Cambridge 28-29 June
• Discourses of Muslim presence in twenty-first century Britain, ENQUIRE conference 2009, School of Sociology and Social Policy, the University of Nottingham 10-11 June