Educating the Muslims of America

Hardcover | March 18, 2009

EditorYvonne Y. Haddad, Farid Senzai, Jane I. Smith

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As the U.S. Muslim population continues to grow, Islamic schools are springing up across the American landscape. Especially since the events of 9/11, many have become concerned about what kind of teaching is going on behind the walls of these schools, and whether it might serve to foster theseditious purposes of Islamist extremism. The essays collected in this volume look behind those walls and discover both efforts to provide excellent instruction following national educational standards and attempts to inculcate Islamic values and protect students from what are seen as the dangers ofsecularism and the compromising values of American culture. Also considered here are other dimensions of American Islamic education, including: new forms of institutions for youth and college-age Muslims; home-schooling; the impact of educational media on young children; and the kind of trainingbeing offered by Muslim chaplains in universities, hospitals, prisons, and other such settings. Finally the authors look at the ways in which Muslims are rising to the task of educating the American public about Islam in the face of increasing hostility and prejudice. This timely volume is the firstdedicated entirely to the neglected topic of Islamic education.

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As the U.S. Muslim population continues to grow, Islamic schools are springing up across the American landscape. Especially since the events of 9/11, many have become concerned about what kind of teaching is going on behind the walls of these schools, and whether it might serve to foster theseditious purposes of Islamist extremism. The...

Yvonne Haddad is Professor of the History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Georgetown University. Farid Senzai is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University. Jane Smith is Associate Dean for Faculty and Affairs at Harvard Divinity School.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:March 18, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195375203

ISBN - 13:9780195375206

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsContributorsYvonne Y. Haddad and Jane I. Smith: Introduction: The Challenge of Islamic Education in North America1. Karen Keyworth: Islamic Schools of America2. Jasmine Zine: Safe Havens or Religious 'Ghettos'? Narratives of Islamic Schooling in Canada3. Louis Cristillo: The Case for the Muslim School as a Civil Society Actor4. Susan Douglass: Teaching about Religion, Islam and the World in Public and Private School Curriculum5. Priscilla Martinez: Muslim Homeschooling6. Nadia Inji Khan: "Guide Us to the Straight Way:" Nascent Institutions Take on the Challenge of Educating Muslim Youth in America7. Yasmin Moll: Islamic Children's Media8. Anna Bowers: Islamic Programming and Inmate Rehabilitation9. Shabana Mir: Muslim Women Encounter Drinking Cultures on Campus10. Barbara Sahli, Christina Safiya Tobias-Nahl and Mona Abo-Zena: Authentic Interactions: Eliminating the Anonymity of OthernessFarid Senzai: Afterword