Islamic Schooling in America: Competing Visions

Brandeis University
Monday, May 7, 2012 11:00am – 1:00pm

Islamic Schooling in America: Competing Visions
Nadeem Memon

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Outline
1.!
Islamic Schooling in America: Competing Visions
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Monday, May 7, 2012 11:00am – 1:00pm

Context of Islamic Schooling in America

2.! Meanings of Islamic Education 3.! From Protest to Praxis: A Brief Historical Overview 4.! Visions of Islamic Schooling: A Taxonomy 5.! Complexities within Realities: The Future of Islamic Schooling in America

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Contention
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Monday, May 7, 2012 11:00am – 1:00pm

Islamic schooling captures the diversities, distinctions, and complexities of Islam in America better than any other point of comparison and analysis

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Islamic Schooling in America: Competing Visions
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Context

ISLAMIC SCHOOLING IN AMERICA

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Islamic Schooling Growth
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252 American 60 Canadian 80% > 10 years old Public perceptions post 9/11, 7/7, and Toronto 18 •! Concentration in Toronto •! •! •! •!

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Types of Schooling
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•! Full-time (Day Schools) •! Weekend •! Madrassa

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Average American Islamic School
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150-200 students 10-15 years old Suburban, tuition based Ethnically diverse Connected to a mosque Pedagogically conventional •! Aspire for a “Muslim environment” •! •! •! •! •! •!

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Field of Islamic Schooling
Islamic Schooling in America: Competing Visions
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Private run schools Accredited No boards of education No teacher training programs A few supporting organizations •! Text book publishing initiatives •! •! •! •! •!

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Concepts and Terminology:

MEANINGS OF ISLAMIC EDUCATION

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“Muslim Communities”
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Meanings of Islamic Education
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Teaching Islamic Education
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Informal Curriculum Appended Integrated Discipline Based Character Based

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Forms of Integrated
Weak Integration
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“Add and Stir” Integration

•! Almost appended (adding a Muslim text to the reading list or beginning the lesson with a verse from the Qur’an) •! What is added and how well it is stirred is dependent on individual teachers •! Requires a re-writing of curriculum expectations •! Requires mapping “Islamic” curriculum expectations across subject areas •! Re-writing the entire curriculum from within an Islamic worldview •! Seamlessly integrating Ministry/State learning expectations within a new theme based framework

Cross-Curricular Integration Holistic Integration

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Islamic Schooling in America: Competing Visions
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Monday, May 7, 2012 11:00am – 1:00pm

From protest to praxis:

A BRIEF HISTORICAL SKETCH

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3 Visionaries
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3 Distinct Historical Contexts 3 Unique Pedagogical Stances

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3 Visionaries
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3 Historical Contexts
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3 Different Pedagogies
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Why are the 3 visions significant?
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Islamic Schooling in America: Competing Visions
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More than one conception of Islamic schooling Each phase highly influenced by historical context and visionary Reveal complexities, collaborations, and tensions between Muslim communities

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Monday, May 7, 2012 11:00am – 1:00pm

Visions of Islamic Schooling:

A TAXONOMY

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Taxonomy
Assimilate and Succeed
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Monday, May 7, 2012 11:00am – 1:00pm

(Public school supporters)

Preserve and Protect
(Islamic schools 1st gen)

Integrate and Contribute
(Islamic schools 2nd Gen)

Challenge and Revive
(Homeschoolers)

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Lead from within
(Madrassas)

Islamic Schooling in America: Competing Visions
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Monday, May 7, 2012 11:00am – 1:00pm

Complexities within Realities:

FUTURE OF ISLAMIC SCHOOLING IN AMERICA

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Conceptual Challenges for Islamic Schooling
Islamic Schooling in America: Competing Visions
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Monday, May 7, 2012 11:00am – 1:00pm

•! Intra-faith dialogue – can orientations speak to each other or will we have schools divided by orientations? •! Collaboration in the face of Competition •! Is a Curriculum for Islamic Studies possible? •! SES, Racial, Ethnic Divides •! Perceptions of Islamic Schools: Ghettoizing, Substandard

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Islamic Schooling in America: Competing Visions
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Monday, May 7, 2012 11:00am – 1:00pm

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