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Individual and Community in Muslim Education

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This entry surveys the writings about the relationship between individual and community in contemporary Muslim education thought. In particular, it will be concerned with the issue of personal autonomy as an educational aim. Following Douglas and Shaikh (2004), Muslim education is defined as education for Muslims which includes religious and secular subjects and education in an Islamic spirit and tradition. The primary focus will be Muslim faith schools, such as those in Britain. Underpinned by Islamic religious orientation, these schools seek to provide full time education including both the religious as well as secular (national) curriculum subjects.

The relationship between individual and community, autonomy and identity, is an extremely important matter for any collectivity, including those with a religious character. The survival of collectivity depends, at least in part, on the individuals adopting some element of shared identity and practice. At the same time, and...


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  • Personal Autonomy
  • Eighth Century
  • Muslim Majority Country
  • Muslim Culture

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Panjwani, F. (2016). Individual and Community in Muslim Education. In: Peters, M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer, Singapore.

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