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Qur’anic education and non-confessional RE: an intercultural perspective
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9865-1869
2019 (English)In: Intercultural Education, ISSN 1467-5986, E-ISSN 1469-8439, Vol. 30, no 3, p. 323-334Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on the reported experiences of Muslim students that regularly shift between Muslim ‘supplementary education’ (including its traditional confessional focus on learning to read Arabic and then memorise and recite the Qur’an) and mainstream school education (including its ‘inclusive’ form of religious education’). The aim has been to better comprehend how these students make sense of this dual educational experience while negotiating the knowledge, skills, and values that are taught to them by two often seemingly disparate institutions. A further aim is to place our findings within the growing field of intercultural education. Though both types of education are often thought to be distinct and oppositional – the former as non-confessional and ‘modern’, the latter as confessional and ‘outmoded’ – both English and Swedish students were able to identify a degree of symbiosis between the two, particularly in relation to the process of memorisation. Thus, it became increasingly clear to the researchers that Muslim student reflection on their participation in both traditions of education had an intercultural dimension in the sense of encouraging dialogue and discussion across educational cultures prompting new knowledge and understanding. This article lays out some of the evidence for this conclusion.

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2019. Vol. 30, no 3, p. 323-334
Keywords [en]
Qur’an, supplementary education, memorisation, symbiosis
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Educational Sciences
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International and Comparative Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-163782DOI: 10.1080/14675986.2018.1539305ISI: 000468541900007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-163782DiVA, id: diva2:1276721
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INCA 600398
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Swedish Research Council, INCA 600398Available from: 2019-01-08 Created: 2019-01-08 Last updated: 2019-06-24Bibliographically approved

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