The Western world often fears many aspects of Islam, without the knowledge to move forward. On the other hand, there are sustained and complex debates within Islam about how to live in the modern world with faith. Alison Scott-Baumann and Sariya Contractor-Cheruvallil here propose solutions to both dilemmas, with a particular emphasis on the role of women. Challenging existing beliefs about Islam in Britain, this book offers a paradigm shift based on research conducted over 15 years. The educational needs within several groups of British Muslims were explored, resulting in the need to offer critical analysis of the provision for the study of classical Islamic Theology in Britain. Islamic Education in Britain responds to the dissatisfaction among many young Muslim men and women with the theological/secular split, and their desire for courses that provide combinations of these two strands of their lived experience as Muslim British citizens.
Grounded in empirical research, the authors reach beyond the meta-narratives of secularization and orientalism to demonstrate the importance of the teaching and learning of classical Islamic studies for the promotion of reasoned dialogue, interfaith and intercultural understanding in pluralist British society.
Alison Scott-Baumann is Professor of Society and Belief at the Centre of Islamic Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK. Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor is Research Fellow in Faith and Peaceful Relations at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK.
Acknowledgements Foreword, Tim Winter Introduction: Islamic Education in Pluralist Britain Page 1 Chapter 1: British Islam and Islamic Education - Two Approaches Page 12 Chapter 2: Mapping Islamic Studies provision in Britain Chapter 3: More than Imams: new narratives of Muslim faith leadership Chapter 4: Arabic: the centrality of a living world language Chapter 5: Muslim women's voices, feminisms and theologies Chapter 6: Universities and Muslim colleges: 'Collaborative Partnerships' in Higher Education Conclusion: New paradigms for Islam in education Afterword, Shuruq Naguib Bibliography
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