The SOLAS Foundation holds that authentic scholarly teaching about Islam enriches the identity of Scottish Muslims and wider society. To this end, the Foundation has developed the i-Syllabus -educational and study programs that lead to a contextual appreciation of the teachings that give Islam both its historic stability as well as the dynamism needed in the modern age.
The i-Syllabus approaches issues relating to Islam and Muslims from an authoritative theological and social policy frame of reference, shedding light on the Muslim scholarly perspective on questions of public and private concern. Quality learning and education is based on authentic and authoritative scholarship (the ijaza system of authorisation) that faithfully represents the Muslim knowledge tradition.
The SOLAS vision also seeks to prevent the production of radical Islamists by the quiet changing of minds through the work of educators who have impeccable Islamic and secular educational credentials, who are knowledgeable or qualified in secular national law and who are credible in the eyes of the young people they teach.
As well as developing a highly successful syllabus, which is now being replicated in other parts of the UK, the SOLAS Foundation develops partner relationships with existing Muslim organisations and service providers, building leadership capacity within the Muslim community and beyond. The Ibrahim Foundation will continue to support the important work of the SOLAS Foundation as they expand operations.
Dr Ibrahim delivering the keynote address on the SOLAS Foundation's unique approach to tackling radicalisation at the Leadership in Counter Terrorism conference at the Scottish Police College to security and intelligence officials from around the world.
Dr Ibrahim delivering a briefing at US Congress on counter radicalisation based on the SOLAS project
Dr Ibrahim speaking about the SOLAS foundation with the Hon Michael Leiter (Director of US National Counter Terrorism Center) and Congresswomen Jane Harman (former member of House Homeland Security and Intelligence Committee and now President of Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)
Report published by Institute for Social Policy and Understanding on lessons of the SOLAS project for the US Congress and State Department.