Muslim Ethos Within Muslim Schools
This chapter looks at the ‘culture of managerialism’ that many claim pervades the contemporary educational sphere. The non-materialist and iconoclastic nature of the Muslim dynamic is at odds with such managerial paradigms. Nonetheless, this culture has been deeply absorbed into the contemporary Muslim educational discourse and even the theology of Islam itself, leaving modern Muslim education counterproductive in the Foucauldian sense. It is contended here that in standardising and commodifying, the bureaucratisation of education requires the reifying of concepts such as ‘school ethos’ to be employed for marketing purposes. This work examines these issues and the implications these may have for the ethos within Muslim schools, followed by options afforded by classical thought.
KeywordsEthos Rationalism Numinous Mysticism Tashbıh Tanzıh Humility
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