Curriculum Renewal for Islamic Education
Critical Perspectives on Teaching Islam in Primary and Secondary Schools
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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Nadeem A. Memon and Mohamad Abdalla
Part 1: Islamic Studies Curriculum
Chapter 2: Qur’an: Curriculum Realities and Ideals
Chapter 3: Fiqh (Practical Living): Curriculum Realities and Ideals
Chapter 4: Aqida (Creed): Curriculum Realities and Ideals
Chapter 5: Seerah (Prophetic History): Curriculum Realities and Ideals
Chapter 6: Akhlaq (Character Education): Curriculum Realities and Ideals
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
Chapter 9: A Strength-Based Approach to Religion and Spirituality for Muslim Learners in Health and Physical Education
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
Chapter 12: Devising an Islamic Approach to Learning and Teaching Through Hadīth
Jibrīl – Reorienting Ourselves Towards Educating from Within an Islamic Worldview
Chapter 13: Sitting, Debating, Memorising and Discipleship: Considering Historical Patterns of Islamic Pedagogy for Contemporary Islamic Studies
Chapter 14: Evaluating, Redeveloping, and Action Planning - Advice for Educators
Seema A. Imam
Chapter 15: Conclusion: Emerging Insights on Islamic Education Curriculum Renewal
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.