166 pages | 4 B/W Illus.
Education and Muslim Identity During a Time of Tension explores life inside an Islamic Center and school in present-day America.
Melanie Brooks’ work draws on in-depth discussions with community and school leaders, teachers, parents and students to present thoughtful and contemporary perspectives on many issues central to American-Muslim identities. Particularly poignant are the children’s voices, as they discuss their developing identities and how they navigate the choice of being American, Muslim, or both. The book covers topics ranging from establishing the community and the considerations involved, the management of diversity within the community, and approaches to modern opinions on and experiences of gender and extremism in the western world.
Based on focus groups, interviews and observations collected over a two-year period, this book serves as a fascinating and informative insight into the culture and experiences of modern American Muslims. This is essential reading for students and researchers interested in education, religion, politics, sociology, and most particularly in contemporary Islamic studies.
Dr. Brooks' work adds a significant contribution to the field of Islamic education. It is not merely her exploration of individual Muslim identity or collective communal Muslim identity that makes it so novel, but it is that she accomplishes all of this in ways that will help educators look at both Muslim education and communities in a more nuanced and delicate light.
Muhammad Khalifa, Associate Professor and Robert H. Beck Chair of Ideas in Education, University of Minnesota.
"Education and Muslim identity during a time of tension: Inside an American Islamic school makes an extraordinary contribution at a critical time. Brooks provides keen insight into how school leaders of an American Islamic school navigate issues of faith, politics, community and values. Educational leadership scholars and practitioners will find this to be an informative and simulating read." Michelle D. Young, UCEA Executive Director and Professor of Leadership at the University of Virginia
"This book is a timely contribution to an area of educational leadership which is sorely needed to help Americans and other peoples understand that Islam and twenty first century democratic principles are not at odds with one another. The distorted image many Americans have of Islam has long been needed to be corrected. Melanie Brooks has brought us an intimate account of how this cultural refocusing and alignment really work. One can only hope that others will follow her lead." Fenwick W. English, R. Wendel Eaves Senior Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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