Matthew Wilkinson

Dr Matthew Wilkinson

Reader in Religion & Criminal Justice
Principal Investigator, Understanding Conversion to Islam in Prison

Dr Matthew Wilkinson is Reader in Religion & Criminal Justice and researches in the field of contemporary Islam with a focus on understanding the effects of the presence (and absence) of Islam and Muslims in contemporary processes of criminal justice and education.

As Principal Investigator of the Birkbeck, University of London research programme, Understanding Conversion to Islam in Prison (UCIP), Matthew’s current work is focussed on understanding Islamic religious change in UK and European prisons and how its rehabilitative potential can be maximised.

In 1989, Matthew won a scholarship in Theology & Religious Studies at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. After embracing Islam in 1991, Matthew studied the Qur’an, Arabic and Islamic law in traditional settings and then qualified as a teacher and taught History, Citizenship and Islamic Studies in schools for 15 years. He completed his ESRC-funded PhD in Education at King’s College London in 2011.

He is the author of A Fresh Look at Islam in a Multi-faith World: a philosophy for success through education (Routledge, 2015) which was awarded the 2014 Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize as the most “creative and innovative” work of critical realist philosophy. This was based on Matthew’s postdoctoral work with the founding figure of critical realist philosophy, the late Roy Bhaskar (1944-2014).

Matthew has been instructed by Prosecution and Defence as an expert witness in Islamic theology and law in 31 Terrorism and Hate Crime cases.

His second book is based on this experience as an expert witness, The Genealogy of Terror: how to distinguish between Islam, Islamism and Islamist Extremism (Routledge, 2019).

 

Authored Books

The Genealogy of Terror: How to distinguish between Islam, Islamism and Islamist Extremism

Wilkinson, Matthew L N (2018) 

Abingdon, UK: Routledge
 

A Fresh Look at Islam in a Multi-faith World: a philosophy for success through education

Wilkinson, Matthew L N (2014)  

Abingdon, UK: Routledge
 

Articles

The Ontology of the Muslim Male Offender: a critical realist framework

Irfan, Lamia and Wilkinson, Matthew L N (2020)

Journal of Critical Realism 19 (5), pp 481-499.  
 

The Metaphysics of a Contemporary Islamic Shari'a: A MetaRealist Perspective

Wilkinson, Matthew L N (2015) 

Journal of Critical Realism (14) 4, pp 350-365.
 

Helping Muslim boys succeed: the case for history education

Wilkinson, Matthew L N (2014)

The Curriculum Journal (25) 3, pp 396-431.
 

The concept of the absent curriculum: the case of the Muslim contribution and the English National Curriculum for history

Wilkinson, Matthew L N (2014) 

Journal of Curriculum Studies (46) 4, pp 419-440.
 

Including the Muslim contribution in the National Curriculum for History

Wilkinson, Matthew L N (2013)

Primary History Journal (65) Autumn.
 

Introducing Islamic Critical Realism

Wilkinson, Matthew L N (2013)

Journal of Critical Realism (12) 4, pp 419-442.
 

Book Chapters

Factoring-in Faith Fairly: a contribution from critical realism to the authentic framing of Muslims-in-Education

Wilkinson, Matthew L N (2017)

In Mac an Ghaill, Mairtin and Haywood, Chris, (eds.),

Muslim Students, Education and Neoliberalism: Schooling a 'Suspect’ Community. 

London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
 

Reclaiming the Common Sacred Ground: the past, present and future of comparative Jewish-Muslim Education

Wilkinson, Matthew and Sokolow, Moshe (2016) 

In: Meri, J., (ed.), 

The Routledge Handbook of Muslim-Jewish Relations

Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
 

Monographs and Working Papers

Response to the UK Government’s ‘July 2013 Draft Specification of the National Curriculum for History

Wilkinson, Matthew L N (2013)  

Cambridge, UK: Curriculum for Cohesion.
 

Response to the UK Government’s ‘February 2013 Draft Specification of the National Curriculum for History

Wilkinson, Matthew L N (2013) 

Cambridge, UK: Curriculum for Cohesion.
 

A Broader, Truer History for All

Wilkinson, Matthew L N (2012)

Cambridge, UK: Curriculum for Cohesion.
 

Other

The Demise of Imam Faustus

Wilkinson, Matthew L N (2006) 

Buckinghamshire, UK: Othello Press
 

Languages

Arabic - advanced grammatical and advanced conversational level (CEFR Level: B2). 

French - good written and spoken French (CEFR Level: B1).

Spanish - Fluent (CEFR Level: C1+).