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Islamic schools in the United States and England: Implications for integration and social cohesion

Hussain, Serena and Read, Jen’nan G. (2015). Islamic schools in the United States and England: Implications for integration and social cohesion. Social Compass,62(4):556-569.

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Title Islamic schools in the United States and England: Implications for integration and social cohesion
Author Hussain, Serena
Read, Jen’nan G.
Journal Name Social Compass
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 62
Issue Number 4
ISSN 0037-7686   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
eISSN 1461-7404
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84948952842
Start Page 556
End Page 569
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Field of Research STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Debates over faith-based schools have resurfaced in recent years, due largely to an increase in Islamic schools in the West and concerns regarding their role vis-a-vis social cohesion. Such debates typically occur in the public and political realms, with less academic attention to the issue. This study addresses this gap by focusing on Islamic schools in the US and England. The article draws on extensive qualitative data collected over 20 months at three Islamic schools to understand the experiences of Muslim students and their families. Contrary to popular perceptions, the findings suggest that Islamic schools can facilitate the participation of Muslims in mainstream institutions by equipping them with the cultural capital needed to navigate in non-Muslim arenas. Paradoxically, the findings also indicate that attending Islamic schools does not necessarily translate into greater levels of religiosity among Muslim youth; in some cases it even turned them away from the religion.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0037768615602149   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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