Associate Professor Dr Jabal M. Buaben began his academic career as a trained teacher and underwent a Programme of Study for a Specialist Certificate in the Teaching of Science and later worked as a Science Education Organiser within the Ministry of Education in the Berekum District of Ghana. With underlying interest in Religious Studies, he obtained his B.A [Hons.] Dip. Ed. Degree from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, specialising in Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion. He pursued his MA and PhD in the University of Birmingham, U.K., in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, then later taught for nine years at the International Islamic University, Malaysia. He joined the Faculty at the University of Birmingham in 1996 and was the Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, for four years. Jabal taught at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate MA levels and supervised 24 Doctoral Research Degrees in Islamic Studies and Theology at the University of Birmingham.
He has been involved in public lectures on Islam in countries including: The United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, The Seychelles, The Philippines and South Africa. He has also attended and given papers at many International Conferences / Seminars especially in the field of Islamic Studies, Interfaith/ Intercultural Dialogue and Religion and Science.
Membership of Academic organisations: Association of Muslim Social Scientists [U.K.]; Science and Religion Forum [U.K.]; The Shap Working Committee on World Religions and Education [U.K.]; The Interfaith Network [U.K.] 1998 -2008; Christian-Muslim Forum under the auspices of the Archbishop of Canterbury, London, 2007 – 2009; Board Member of the Standing Conference of Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe for Inter-Religious Dialogue[JCM] 1998 – to date.
Areas of Interest in Teaching, Research and Graduate Research Supervision include:
- Islamic Studies, [Especially in the areas of the Seerah and Islamic Da‘wah],
- Religion and Science, Interfaith / Intercivilizational Dialogue, and African Traditional Religious Thought.
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