Islamic Education in the West and Its Challenges

  • J. Mark Halstead
Living reference work entry


The chapter begins by reviewing the aims and distinctive content of Islamic education, the issue of parental choice and the educational options that are available to Muslims in the West. The main section of the chapter focuses on Islamic schools in the West and draws on existing research to discuss their structure, curriculum and academic achievements, as well as the arguments commonly put forward about their advantages and disadvantages. The UK provides the main context for this study of Islamic schooling, though the situation in other western countries is also discussed. Shorter sections follow on supplementary Islamic education and higher education, and the chapter concludes with a discussion of challenges currently facing Islamic education, including the need to respond to prejudice against Islamic schools, the need for a comprehensive Islamic philosophy of education, and the need to provide more effective values education for Muslim children in the West.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oxford Centre for Islamic StudiesMarston RoadUK

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