Responses of Three Muslim Majority Primary Schools in England to the Islamic Faith of Their Pupils



This paper considers the responses of three English primary schools to the education of their Muslim pupils. It begins by setting out the context of discussion about Muslims and education in Europe as well as by describing some of the structural and pedagogical characteristics and trends in English education influencing the schools’ options and choices. The main body of the article is a comparative analysis of the three schools, focusing on the approaches of teachers and school leaders to the faith backgrounds of their pupils, their constructions of Islam for these educational contexts, and their preparation of Muslim children for a religiously plural Britain. As the schools devise strategies and select between options, they provide in microcosm differing models of the inclusion of minority Islam in a western society.


Schools Religious education Islam Citizenship 


Cet article décrit la manière dont trois écoles primaires anglaises répondent aux besoins de leur clientèle majoritairement musulmane. Les auteurs font état, dans un premier temps, des débats sur l’éducation et les musulmans en Europe ainsi que de certaines caractéristiques et tendances structurelles et pédagogiques de l’éducation en Angleterre qui influencent les possibilités et les choix des écoles. Le cœur de l’article consiste en une analyse comparée de ces trois écoles, mettant l’accent sur la manière dont les personnels dirigeant et enseignant prennent en compte les croyances religieuses de la clientèle scolaire, construisent les savoirs sur l’islam dans ce contexte particulier et préparent leurs élèves musulmans à vivre dans une Grande-Bretagne multiconfessionnelle. Comme les écoles ont chacune des stratégies et des options différentes, elles représentent un microcosme de différents modèles de la manière dont on peut assurer l’inclusion de l’islam minoritaire au sein d’une société occidentale.

Mots clés

écoles éducation religieuse Islam citoyenneté 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WarwickLondonUK
  2. 2.Warwick Religions and Education Research UnitUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  3. 3.University of HullLincolnUK

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