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Fawzia Gilani-Williams

Research Student

Institute of Humanities

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Doctoral Research

Director of Studies: Prof Jean Webb
Second Supervisor: Dr Stephen Bigger

 

Muslim Children, Fiction and Character Education: children’s Islamic literature in Britain, USA and Canada since 1990

 

My research straddles two areas of enquiry that I encounter frequently in my role as a teacher. One is concerned with children’s literature and the second with character education. My interest lies in Islamic children’s fiction – something that has attracted very little academic interest. Within my research, I am focusing on the nature of Islamic children’s fiction, examining this through the perspectives and motivations of its writers. The research deploys life story method and grounded theory. As a teacher, I am interested in understanding whether literature-based character education can impact effectively upon children. Although there is a long-standing view that reading literature promotes character, there is very little data to support this. Consequently, the second part of my study uses action research to investigate whether Islamic fiction can do so.

About Fawzia Gilani-Williams

About Fawzia Gilani-Williams

I graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, and from the University of Birmingham in 2000 with a Master’s degree, for which I conducted an ethnographic study of an American private school. Since 1993, I have taken on various roles as a teacher, librarian and principal and have worked in the UK, USA, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. Since 2002, I have been writing children’s stories which give visibility to Islamic holidays and Islamic culture. From 2003, I started to look for a supervisor to support my doctoral research in Islamic children’s literature and education. I commenced my research in 2009 and feel fortunate to be at Worcester.

Research Interests

Research Interests

Islamic children’s literature

Character education

Publications

Publications

Journals and Magazines

2010
Muslim Pupils, Children’s Fiction and Personal Understanding (with Dr Stephen Bigger) ALMAS Research Journal of Urdu, Vol 12

2008
Queen Agarbati’s Secret, Skipping Stones, Vol 20, Issue 2, pp14

2007
Eid Literature for Children: a collection of Eid literature for children written in the English language (bibliography)
Say the Word Again – Eid School Library Journal, 12/1/2007

2006
SCBWI Publications Guide to Writing and Illustrating for Children (section on religious publishers)
The Jinn and the Samosah Maker, Skipping Stones, Sept issue

Books

2012
Snow White: An Islamic Tale Leicester, England: Islamic Foundation

2011
Eid Mubarak Meetah Sahib Malaysia, Noordeen
Jihad Bin Taye and the Jar of Gold Malaysia, Noordeen

2010
The Grave Trial New Delhi, India: ISB
Baba Salaam and the Bag of Gold New Delhi, India: ISB
Nabeel’s New Pants – An Eid Tale New York, USA: Marshall Cavendish
Cinderella – An Islamic Tale Leicester, England: Islamic Foundation

2009
‘Subhi’s Shoes’ Many Voices, One Faith II – Islamic Fiction Stories Arizona: USA
‘Gohar the Tailor’ Many Voices, One Faith II – Islamic Fiction Stories Arizona: USA
‘From God We Come’ Many Voices, One Faith II – Islamic Fiction Stories Arizona: USA
‘Masarah and the Eligible Bachelors’ Many Voices, One Faith II – Islamic Fiction Stories Arizona: USA
A Collection of Eid Stories Mishkat Publishers: USA

2008
Ismat’s Eid Tulika Press, India
Haleem and Kaleem’s Eid Gifts Malaysia: Noordeen

2007
The Jilbab Maker’s Eid Gift Malaysia, Noordeen
Husna and the Eid Party England, Islamic Foundation
The Lost Ring England, Islamic Foundation
Juna’s Quest – A Hajj Story (anthology) London, England: An-Najm Publishers

2006
Salaam Li and the Dacoits Islamic New Delhi, India: ISB
Ihtisham and the Eid Shoes New Delhi, India: ISB
A Poor Widow’s Eid New Delhi, India: ISB
A Beggar Boy New Delhi, India: ISB
Father Ant and Pious Groom New Delhi, India: ISB
The Old Man Who Loved Allah New Delhi, India: ISB
A Samosah Maker New Delhi, India: ISB

2004
Aminah and Aisha’s Eid Gifts New Delhi, India: Goodword Publishers
A Khimar for Nadia London, England: TaHa Publishers
The Troublesome Jinn London, England: TaHa Publishers
Celebrating Eid with Ama Fatima New Delhi, India: Goodword Publishers
Eid Songs New Delhi, India: Goodword Publishers.
Eid and Ramadan Songs New Delhi, India: Goodword Publishers

2003
The Emir and the Verse of the Throne New Delhi, India: Goodword Publishers
Eid Kareem Ameer Saab! New Delhi, India: Goodword Publishers

2002
The Adventures of Musab London, England: TaHa Publishers

Conference and Papers and Conference Attendance

Conference and Papers and Conference Attendance

November 2012
‘Islamic Values and the Adaptation of Cinderella’, Cinderella a Text of Culture, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

April 2010
Attended Crayons to College: Empowering Muslim Students to Color a Brighter World Islamic Society of North America Education Forum, Chicago

April 2009
‘The Best Eid Ever! Activities and Ideas for the School and Classroom’ (texts, Fawzia Gilani; activities, Sahera Musa) Preserving the Legacy, Shaping the Future Islamic Society of North America Education Forum, Chicago

April 2008
Attended IBERR International Education Conference, Leicester, England

March 2008
‘Literacy Hour: adapting the English National Literacy Strategy’ Sustaining Progress: Cultivating Stewardship Islamic Society of North America Education Forum, Chicago

May 2007
‘Islamic Holiday Literature for Children’, Ohio Library Council Northwest Chapter Conference, Kent State University, Ohio