Dr. Jeremy Henzell-Thomas is Executive Director of The Book Foundation, a registered UK charity involved in the development of Islamic education programs, the sponsorship of Islamic art, and the publication of major works of Islamic spirituality which bring to light the universal message of Islam. He has also served as the first Chairman of the Board of FAIR, the UK Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism, from 2001-2003, and as Deputy Chairman of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS UK).
He holds a B.A. with first class honours in English from University College, London, a M.Sc. with distinction in Applied Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, and a Ph.D. in the Psychology of Learning from the University of Lancaster. Formerly a lecturer in the postgraduate Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, and a supervisor of Ph.D. students in the field of Applied Psycholinguistics, he has also taught English Language and Literature at all levels of education both in the UK and overseas. He has extensive experience of school management, is a registered inspector of independent schools in the UK, and performs consultancy work in the field of school improvement. He is also a qualified MBTI consultant in the field of personal development, leadership, and management.
Since 1996, he has collaborated with Dr. Ahmed Moustafa in the field of Islamic art, writing catalogue texts and other essays about Dr. Moustafas work for the artistҒs international exhibitions. These have included exhibitions at the Pontificia Universita Gregoriana, Rome, the first time a Muslim artist has exhibited within the jurisdiction of the Vatican, and subsequently at the National Gallery, Sarajevo, and the Diocesan Museum, Barcelona.
In 1998, he initiated the Sarajevo Appeal Fund which involved 7,000 British schoolchildren in raising a large sum of money for the reconstruction of the war-damaged Primary Music School in Ilidza, Sarajevo, and the replacement of their musical instruments.
MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS, CONFERENCE PAPERS and ADDRESSES
Where The Two Oceans Meet: The Art of Ahmed Moustafa, London, 1998. Text for the exhibition of the Art of Ahmed Moustafa at the Pontificia Universita Gregoriana, Rome, Italy. (Parallel English, Italian and Arabic text). Translated into Bosnian for the exhibition of the Art of Ahmed Moustafa at the Umjetnicka galerija, Sarajevo, 1998, and into Catalan for the exhibition at the Diocesan Museum, Barcelona, Spain, 1999.
Explanatory Prologue to the new edition of The Attributes of Divine Perfection: The Concept of God in Islam, a translation of Abu Hamid al-Ghazzalis treatise on the 99 Names with accompanying artwork by Ahmed Moustafa, London: The Book Foundation, 2000.
Closing Plenary Address at the Conference on Muslims of Europe in the New Millennium: Multiculturalism, Identity and Citizenship organised by the Association of Muslim Social Scientists, U.K., and the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland at RegentҒs College, London, 9-10 September 2000.
Vertical and Horizontal Dimensions of Education: Steps Towards Synthesis.Ӕ Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (Social Responsibility: Challenges for the Future) at the Diplomatic Academy, Westminster University, London, October 2001.
Foreword to Wholeness and Holiness in Education: An Islamic Perspective by Zahra Al Zeera, International Institute for Islamic Thought, London, 2001. Also available on the website of IIIT.
A Fair and Inclusive Society.Ӕ Address on the occasion of the Launch of FAIR (Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism) at St. Brides Hall, London, May 2001 with the Right Hon. Jack Straw, M.P., Home Secretary.
ғA Pivotal Opportunity for British Influence. Address at a Press Conference held by FAIR at St. BrideԒs Hall, London, September 2001. Printed in Discourse (November 2001), a publication of the International Media Centre (IMC).
The Language of Islamophobia.Ӕ Paper presented at the Exploring Islamophobia Conference, jointly organized by FAIR (Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism), City Circle and Ar-Rum at Westminster University School of Law, 29 September 2001. Now available on numerous websites.
Opening and Closing plenary addresses at the 3rd Annual Conference of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists, Unity and Diversity: Islam, Muslims and the Challenge of Pluralism, held at the Diplomatic Academy, Westminster University, London, 20-21 October, 2001. Closing address printed in The American Muslim, Issue No. 6 (December 2001).
Embracing the Challenge of an Interconnected WorldӔ, in The Quest for Sanity: Reflections on September 11 and its Aftermath, Wembley: The Muslim Council of Britain, 2002.
The USA: A Moral Model for the World?Ӕ A Response to the Vision for Crescent University. The American Muslim, July 2002.
Excellence in Islamic Education: Key Issues for the Present Time.Ӕ Available on the website of the Book Foundation, http://www.TheBook.org A ver.sion of this paper was presented in the opening plenary session of the 4th annual AMSS Conference on Muslim Education in Europe held at the Gustav-Stresemann Institut, Bonn, Germany, 27-29 September 2002.
Citizenship and Islamic Education.Ӕ Paper and Workshop session for the 4th annual AMSS Conference on Muslim Education in Europe held at the Gustav-Stresemann Institut, Bonn, Germany, 27-29 September 2002.
The Challenge of Pluralism and the Middle Way of Islam. 1st Occasional Paper published by the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (UK), October 2002.
The War of Barbarisms: Solipsism, Autism and the Death Throes of the Old Order.Ӕ The American Muslim, March-April 2003.
Identity and Dialogue: Spiritual Roots and Educational Needs.Ӕ Paper presented at the 10th Annual International Conference on Education, Spirituality and the Whole Child. University of Surrey Roehampton, London, 26-28 June, 2003.
Passing Between the Clashing Rocks: Inter-faith and Intra-faith Dialogue and the Heroic Quest for a Transcendent Identity.Ӕ Paper presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the AMSS, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA, 26-28 September, 2003.
Passing Between the Clashing Rocks: The Heroic Quest for a Common and Inclusive Identity.Ӕ The Journal of Pastoral Care in Education, Spring, 2004.
Mythical Meaning, Religion and Soulful Education: Reviving the Original Sense of ӑIntellect. Paper presented at the Reasons of the Heart Conference, University of Edinburgh, 9-12 September, 2004.
ғQuantity Masquerading as Quality: Reviving an Authentic Notion of Qualitative Education. Paper presented at the Conference on Higher Education in Developing Countries, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan University, London, 24-24 February 2005.
ԓGoing Beyond Thinking Skills: Reviving an Understanding of Higher Human Faculties. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference of the International Association of Cognitive Education and Psychology (IACEP), University of Durham, England, July 10-14 2005.
ԓThe Challenge of Pluralism and the Middle Way of Islam, in Islam and Global Dialogue: Religious Pluralism and the Pursuit of Peace, edited by Roger Boase. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005.