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A History of Islamic Schooling in North America

Mapping Growth and Evolution, 1st Edition

By Nadeem Memon


248 pages

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pub: 2019-09-11
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This insightful text challenges popular belief that faith-based Islamic schools isolate Muslim learners, impose dogmatic religious views, and disregard academic excellence. This book attempts to paint a starkly different picture. Grounded in the premise that not all Islamic schools are the same, the historical narratives illustrate varied visions and approaches to Islamic schooling that showcase a richness of educational thought and aspiration.

A History of Islamic Schooling in North America traces the growth and evolution of elementary and secondary private Islamic schools in Canada and the United States. Intersecting narratives between schools established by indigenous African American Muslims as early as the 1930s with those established by immigrant Muslim communities in the 1970s demonstrate how and why Islamic Education is in a constant, ongoing process of evolution, renewal, and adaptation. Drawing on the voices, perspectives, and narratives of pioneers and visionaries who established the earliest Islamic schools, chapters articulate why Islamic schools were established, what distinguishes them from one another, and why they continue to be important.

This book will be of great interest to graduate and postgraduate students, researchers, academics, teaching professionals in the fields of Islamic education, religious studies, multicultural education curriculum studies, and faith-based teacher education.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Context of Islamic Schooling in North America


2 Protest

Resistance and Renewal: Schooling in the Nation of Islam


3 Preservation

Preserving Identity: Indigenous and Immigrant Muslim Educators Meet


4 Pedagogy

Models of Islamic Schooling Emerge


5 Praxis

Reviving the Tradition of Learning and Teaching in Islam


6 Conclusion

Potential and Possibilities of Islamic Schooling in North America

About the Author

Nadeem Memon is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education, University of South Australia, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Religion and Education

The Routledge Research in Religion and Education series aims at advancing public understanding and dialogue on issues at the intersections of religion and education. These issues emerge in various venues and proposals are invited from work in any such arena: public or private education at elementary, secondary, or higher education institutions; non-school or community organizations and settings; and formal or informal organizations or groups with religion or spirituality as an integral part of their work. Book proposals are invited from diverse methodological approaches and theoretical and ideological perspectives. This series does not address the work of formal religious institutions including churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples. Rather, it focuses on the beliefs and values arising from all traditions as they come into contact with educational work in the public square.


Please send proposals to Mike Waggoner (mike.waggoner@uni.edu) and Elsbeth Wright (elsbeth.wright@tandf.co.uk).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Islam / History