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Islamic Education Research

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The workshop is funded by Swedish Research Council and Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions, Cofund Project INCA 600398

The workshop gathers scholars from 13 European countries who will present papers on the relationship between Islamic education and public schooling focusing on:

  • Publicly funded Islamic education in different European countries (organisation, rational, history, controversies).

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  • Privately run Islamic education and its relation to ‘mainstream’ educational provision.

Aims of the workshop:

  • Further knowledge on the relation between Islamic education and public schooling in different European countries.
  • Bring together scholars in the field and through this event form a network on Islamic Education and Public Schooling.
  • Produce a publication where these issues are addressed through a wide variety of examples from different European countries.

Final Program

Experiences of Islamic and “Western” education in Sweden and Britain

The project funded by the Swedish Research Council and Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions, Cofund Project INCA 600398, runs for three years. For more information contact j.berglund@warwick.ac.uk

This project examines the experiences of young Muslim school students in Britain and Sweden who move between compulsory schools and supplementary Islamic classes. Traced respectively to ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ educational perspectives, these two educational settings are generally perceived in polarized terms. Despite the plethora of studies on “European Islam” and intercultural education, this field remains under-researched particularly in relation to the direct experience of the students themselves. In this light, the proposed research aims to establish how and to what effect different learning traditions complement and/or counteract each other from the comparatively and qualitatively examined perspectives of the student participants, selected from at least three different Islamic educational providers in each country. Derived from several pilot studies, the key hypothesis that will be examined is that, contrary to a widespread view within and outside the educational establishments in Sweden and the UK (and other Western countries), the two types of education may at least in certain respect be complementary.

Experiences of Islamic and secular education in North East London

In this part of the project, Dr Jenny Berglund and Dr Bill Gent will be studying the experiences of Muslim students at a large secondary school in northeast London who move between Islamic and secular education in their daily lives. The aim is to find out how they might use the knowledge and skills that they acquire in Islamic education, especially Qur’an studies, in their mainstream schooling as well as how what they learn in mainstream school might impact on how they learn in Islamic classes. The project is designed as an action research project where the scholars will be working together with teachers at the school who are interested in improving teaching and learning for all their students.