Muslim Childhood: Religious Nurture in a European Context

Hardcover | November 28, 2013

byJonathan Scourfield, Sophie Gilliat-Ray, Asma Khan

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How do we learn to be religious? To make sense of this process should we emphasise the habitual reinforcement of bodily rituals? Or the active role of individuals in making decisions about faith at key moments? Or should we turn to cognitive science to explain the universal structures on whichreligiosity is built? And how does a relatively devout minority pass on religion in a generally secular Western context? What significance does religion have for family life in this situation? And how does a religious identity interact with other kinds of collective identification, for example witha nation, ethnic group or a locality? These are some of the questions that Muslim Childhood deals with. This book is about ordinary British Muslims' everyday religious socialisation of children in early and middle childhood. It provides a detailed description of how Muslim families in a secular Western context attempt to pass on their faith to the next generation. It is rooted in detailed qualitativeresearch with 60 Muslim families in one British city. The authors' own analysis of survey data suggests that Muslims in the UK more effectively pass on their faith to the next generation than other religious groups. This book is in part an attempt to explain why that might be.

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How do we learn to be religious? To make sense of this process should we emphasise the habitual reinforcement of bodily rituals? Or the active role of individuals in making decisions about faith at key moments? Or should we turn to cognitive science to explain the universal structures on whichreligiosity is built? And how does a relati...

Jonathan Scourfield is Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Sophie Gilliat-Ray is Reader in Religious Studies at Cardiff University. Asma Khan is Director of Total Transcriptions, qualitative research services. Sameh Otri is Muslim Chaplain at the Unviersity of Cardiff.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:November 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199600317

ISBN - 13:9780199600311

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Table of Contents

Glossary of Islamic terms1. Islam and middle childhood2. The inter-generational transmission of Islam: Evidence from the Citizenship Survey (co-authored by Chris Taylor and Graham Moore)3. Qualitative research on Islamic nurture4. Learning Islam in the home5. Children in formal religious education6. School, city and society7. Muslim family life8. Nationality, ethnicity and religion9. ConclusionBibliography