1st Edition

Curriculum Renewal for Islamic Education Critical Perspectives on Teaching Islam in Primary and Secondary Schools

Edited By Nadeem A. Memon, Mariam Alhashmi, Mohamad Abdalla Copyright 2021
    278 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book demonstrates why and how it is necessary to redesign Islamic Education curriculum in the K-12 sector globally. From Western public schools that integrate Muslim perspectives to be culturally responsive, to public and private schools in Muslim minority and majority contexts that teach Islamic studies as a core subject or teach from an Islamic perspective, the volume highlights the unique global and sociocultural contexts that support the disparate trajectories of Islamic Education curricula.

    Divided into three distinct parts, the text discusses current Islamic education curricula and considers new areas for inclusion as part of a general renewal effort that includes developing curricula from an Islamic worldview, and the current aspirations of Islamic education globally. By providing insights on key concepts related to teaching Islam, case studies of curriculum achievements and pitfalls, and suggested processes and pillars for curriculum development, contributors present possibilities for researchers and educators to think about teaching Islam differently.

    This text will benefit researchers, doctoral students, and academics in the fields of secondary education, Islamic education, and curriculum studies. Those interested in religious education as well as the sociology and theory of religion more broadly will also enjoy this volume.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Nadeem A. Memon and Mohamad Abdalla

    Part 1: Islamic Studies Curriculum

    Chapter 2: Qur’an: Curriculum Realities and Ideals

    Samir Mahmoud

    Chapter 3: Fiqh (Practical Living): Curriculum Realities and Ideals

    Mohamad Abdalla

    Chapter 4: Aqida (Creed): Curriculum Realities and Ideals

    Mohammed Rustom

    Chapter 5: Seerah (Prophetic History): Curriculum Realities and Ideals

    Naved Bakali

    Chapter 6: Akhlaq (Character Education): Curriculum Realities and Ideals

    Abdullah Trevathan

    Part 2: Islamic Worldview Shaping Curriculum

    Chapter 7: Teaching Islamic History within a Global Paradigm and Integrated Curriculum

    Susan L. Douglass

    Chapter 8: Science Curriculum from an Islamic Worldview

    Omar Qureshi

    Chapter 9: A Strength-Based Approach to Religion and Spirituality for Muslim Learners in Health and Physical Education

    Dylan Chown

    Chapter 10: Approaching Music and Fine Arts from Faith-Centered Muslim Lenses

    Frances M. Leap, Mohamad Abdalla, Samah Taki, and Danielle Jabbara

    Part 3: Islam Inspired Curriculum Renewal

    Chapter 11: Considering Human Development in Islamic Education

    Claire Alkouatli

    Chapter 12: Devising an Islamic Approach to Learning and Teaching Through Hadīth

    Jibrīl – Reorienting Ourselves Towards Educating from Within an Islamic Worldview

    Farah Ahmed

    Chapter 13: Sitting, Debating, Memorising and Discipleship: Considering Historical Patterns of Islamic Pedagogy for Contemporary Islamic Studies

    Mujadad Zaman

    Chapter 14: Evaluating, Redeveloping, and Action Planning - Advice for Educators

    Seema A. Imam

    Chapter 15: Conclusion: Emerging Insights on Islamic Education Curriculum Renewal

    Mariam Alhashmi


    Nadeem A. Memon is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Islamic Thought & Education, University of South Australia, Australia.

    Mariam Alhashmi is Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates.

    Mohamad Abdalla is Director of Centre for Islamic Thought & Education, University of South Australia, Australia.