The Advancing Education in Muslim Societies (AEMS) Symposium is a collaboration between the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and Indiana University School of Education. The idea behind this initiative is to bring together scholars with interest in education research and its implications for civil society as well as policy, pedagogy, and the conditions of human development. The Symposium is designed to foster and disseminate groundbreaking research on the role of education in social change in Muslim societies. The terms “Muslim” and “education” are defined broadly to be inclusive of cutting-edge research from across the world and disciplines. By “Muslim,” we mean any self-identifying Muslim individuals, institutions, communities, and societies and their roles in experiencing and shaping education in its broadest sense. The symposium was co-hosted by the Lilly School of Philanthropy for the first few years and by the School of Education, both at IU, in 2021.

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