Ramadan Kareem to all of our Muslim friends across the UAE, the MENA region and beyond!
I recently had a new article published in Education Journal Middle East with a focus on using apps in Islamic Education.
I actually co-wrote this one with the Head of Islamic Studies at my school JESS Jumeirah in Dubai - Moustafa Mahmoud. He's an amazing teacher and one of those guys who just seems to be permanently happy (and giggling to himself.) Being able to invigorate the Islamic curriculum with modern pedagogy and well-harnessed technology is essential and Moustafa does wonders with this.
As for me - no, I'm not a Muslim.
I'm a Christian on paper but by no means practicing. So why did I-offer to co-author this Islamic Education piece?
For me this was an opportunity to learn more about the Muslim culture of the land I now call home. Dubai is where I got married, where my children were born and where they will grow up. I want to set an example for them. An example of tolerance and open-mindedness. With the view of Islam becoming so blinkered in parts of the world, it felt good to be able to share some of my own experience and help develop the next generation of Muslims into positive global citizens.
We decided to use the structure of the 5 Pillars of Islam as a frame. For each pillar, we recommend dedicated Islamic apps that can help students consume the content in a more modern, engaging way and then pair this with some more familiar content creation apps for them to share their learning.