Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Muslim Education and Ethics: On Autonomy, Community, and (Dis)agreement

  • Yusef Waghid
  • Nuraan Davids
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_534



Conceptions of ethics lay claim to offering both a reasoned and reasonable account of actions constituted either along a continuum of right and just action or along a continuum of wrong and therefore reprehensible action. Using practical reasoning – that is, the ability to think and act with compassionate imagining – it would be apposite to conceive of and distinguish between that which is morally good and that which is morally bad. Muslim education, as shaped through the sources and teachings of the Qur’ān and the life and practices of its Prophet Muhammad (Sunnah), offers particular guidelines and preferences around which those who lay claim to being Muslim ought to conduct themselves – morally, as an individual, and as part of a collective community (ummah) Schweiker (2005). And yet, as is evident in the multiplex interpretations of Islam, as depicted in the (often questionable)...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa