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Islamic-Based Educational Leadership, Administration and Management Challenging Expectations through Global Critical Insights

    302 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Offering a vital, critical contribution to discussions on current perspectives, practices and assumptions on Islamic education, this book explores the topic through a wide range of diverse perspectives and experiences.

    This volume challenges current assumptions around what is known as Islamic education and examines issues around educational leadership based on Islamic principles to confront xenophobia and Islamophobia in educational systems, policies and practices. Arguing for a new term to enter the discourse – ‘Islamic-based’ educational leadership – chapters approach the issue through critical reflexivity and diverse perspectives, addressing issues such as the higher education of immigrant students around the globe and the rising tensions in Muslim and non-Muslim populations. Exploring topics ranging from the leverage of leadership to religious education, this text brings together a wide range of case studies, experiences and examinations to shed light to the different approaches of Islamic-based educational leadership, administration and management.

    This book will support researchers, doctoral students and scholars involved with multicultural education, school leadership and management studies, and education policy and politics more widely to explore new theories and practices that pave the way for future educational systems to meet faith-based demand in the school choice era.


    Khalid Arar, Rania Sawalhi, Amaarah DeCuir and Tasneem Amatullah

    Part I: Between past and future: New insights

    Chapter 1 A call to re-explore Islamic-based educational leadership through new lenses

    Khalid Arar and Rania Sawalhi

      Chapter 2 The Islamic "Khilafah" model to educational leadership: From the Prolegomena to Desiderata

      Ared Al-Attari and Eman Bani Essa

      Chapter 3 Managing emotions in schools: Insights from religion sources and a model for school leadership

      Mustafa Toprak and Mehmet Karakus

      Chapter 4 Be the light: Islamic-based teacher leadership

      Rania Sawalhi

    Part II: Islamic-based educational leadership in secular countries

      Chapter 5 Islamic antiracist school leadership

      Amaarah DeCuir

      Chapter 6 Islamic-based educational leadership in UK higher education: Balancing securitization, marketization and Islamic values

      Fella Lahmar

      Chapter 7 Educational Leadership in a Muslim and Secular Country: The Case of Türkiye

      Ibrahim Hakan Karataş

      Chapter 8 Schooling system and administration practices of religious education: The case of Imam-Hatip schools of Türkiye

      Emre ER, Fatih Şahin and İsmail Doğru

      Chapter 9 Islamic educational leadership: Southeast Asia perspectives

      Bambang Sumintono, Erika Setyanti Kusumaputri, Hasan Hariri and Yudi Juniardi

    Part III: Models, voices, and new insights from Muslim communities

      Chapter 10 UAE school reforms and leadership: What can be learned from Muslim scholars’ perspectives and contemporary insights?

      Rida Blaik, David Litz and Nagla Ali

      Chapter 11 Islamic educational leadership and a model Islamic high school: Insights from Türkiye

      Muhammet Emin Türkoğlu, Hanifi Parlar and Ramazan Cansoy

      Chapter 12 An untold narrative of a female Muslim educational leader

      Tasneem Amatullah

      Chapter 13 Islamic humanocracy and educational leadership: The story of a community school in Egypt

      Dina Hassan El Odessy

      Chapter 14 From community to the state to individual preachers: The vicissitudes of traditional Islamic studies in Malaysia

      Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid and Amran Muhammad

      Chapter 15 Concluding Remarks

      Khalid Arar, Rania Sawalhi, Amaarah DeCuir and Tasneem Amatullah


    Khalid Arar is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, Education and Community Leadership, School Improvement Doctoral Program, College of Education, Texas State University, USA.

    Rania Sawalhi is Programming Manager, Qatar Foundation, Qatar.

    Amaarah DeCuir is Lecturer, School of Education, American University, USA.

    Tasneem Amatullah is Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Assessment and School Evaluation Division, Emirates College for Advanced Education in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    Arar, Sawalhi, DeCuir and Amatullah have expertly gathered scholars from around the world to examine Islamic based educational leadership from multiple perspectives. In doing so, they’ve uncovered critical insights that transcend entrenched socio-cultural and political boundaries, showing readers that there is no ‘typical’ Islamic educational leader. This must-read book reveals the remarkable diversity within ‘Islam-based educational leadership’ and the extraordinary impact the world’s fastest growing religion has on leading schools. It is not to be missed!

    Associate Professor Melanie C. Brooks, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia  

    A unique and timely collection of articles from across the globe, unveiling the essential tenets of Islamic-based educational leadership and administration while recognising the contextual variations and resulting practices. The four guiding elements can be a starting point for further developing a field of knowledge currently skewed towards Western conceptualisations.

    Saeeda Shah, University of Leicester (Retd.) 

    This co-edited volume introduces a novel concept, Islam-based educational leadership, as a way to conceptualize the current state of educational leadership practices pertinent to Muslims and Islam. Moreover, the authors ungird this type of leadership in community-informed religious knowledge and practices that decree social justice. This text is a unique and valuable contribution to the field.

    Miriam D. Ezzani, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Texas Christian University