Islam, Why is there a need to study it in Higher Education?

Hussain A. M.

Islam ın Hıgher Educatıon, Birmingham, İngiltere, 29 - 30 Ocak 2005 identifier

  • Basıldığı Şehir: Birmingham
  • Basıldığı Ülke: İngiltere


Amjad Hussain (Lampeter University) addressed “Islam: Why Is There a Need To Study It in Higher Education?” He drew on the position of Muslims in mainstream education, positing that only 3 percent of Muslims go to faith schools, meaning that the vast majority of their ideas about the world are shaped through educational systems not embedded within the community. The complementarity of Christian seminaries or Jewish colleges with academic departments in higher education have few parallels in the Muslim context. Islam in higher education and the active participation of Muslims in it creates a class of scholars and potential educators who will be better able to teach Islam to children than imams trained at Muslim seminaries that are unconnected to universities. Furthermore, Islam in higher education is born within a United Kingdom experience of religion, while imams are often linked to cultural forms of Islam and disconnected from young Muslims.