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Professor of Philosophy of Education, Stellenbosch University

Nuraan Davids is Professor of Philosophy of Education in the Department of Education Policy Studies in the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University. She is an NRF rated researcher, whose research interests include democratic citizenship education; Islamic philosophy of education; philosophy of higher education; and leadership and management inquiry. She is a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2020 -2021). She is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Education in Muslim Societies.; Associate Editor of the South African Journal of Higher Education, and an Editorial Board Member of Ethics and Education. Her recent books include:

Teaching, friendship and humanity. (Singapore: Springer, 2020) (with Y. Waghid)

Teachers Matter: Educational Philosophy and Authentic Learning. (Lanham, MD (US): Rowman & Littlefield – Lexington Series, 2020) (with Y. Waghid)

The Thinking University Expanded: On Profanation, Play and Education. (London: Routledge, 2020) (with Y. Waghid).

Democratic Education and Muslim Philosophy: Interfacing Muslim and communitarian thought. (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2019) (with Y. Waghid).

Universities, pedagogical encounters, openness, and free speech: Reconfiguring democratic education. (Lanham, MD (US): Rowman & Littlefield – Lexington Series, 2019) (with Y. Waghid).

Teaching and Learning as a Pedagogic Pilgrimage: Cultivating Faith, Hope and Imagination. (New York: Routledge, 2019) (with Y. Waghid).

Tolerance and Dissent within Education: On cultivating Debate and Understanding. (New York & London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017) (with Y. Waghid).

Education, assessment and the desire for dissonance. (New York & London: Peter Lang Publishing, 2017) (with Y. Waghid).

Philosophy and education as action: Implications for Teacher Education. (Lanham, MD (US): Rowman & Littlefield – Lexington Series) (with Y. Waghid).

Ethical dimensions of Muslim education. (New York & London: Palgrave MacMiillan, 2016) (with Y. Waghid).

Women, cosmopolitanism, and Islamic education: On the virtues of education and belonging (New York & London: Peter Lang, 2013)

Citizenship, education and violence: On disrupted potentialities and becoming (Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei: Sense Publishers, 2013) (with Y. Waghid)

Educational leadership-in-becoming: On the potential of leadership in action. New York & London: Routledge (in press) (with Y. Waghid).


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education, Stellenbosch University


  • 2012 
    Stellenbosch University, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation
  • Cape Town, South Africa
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