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Tariq Ramadan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195183566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183566.001.0001

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Toward a Reform of Islamic Education

Toward a Reform of Islamic Education

(p.126) 6 Toward a Reform of Islamic Education
Western Muslims and the Future of Islam

Tariq Ramadan

Oxford University Press

How can the flame of faith, the light of the spiritual life, and faithfulness to the teachings of Islam be preserved in environments that no longer refer to God, and in educational systems that have little to say about religion? The first generations of migrants, who were frequently families of limited means, were often astonishingly successful at transmitting the faith without having much religious knowledge to speak of. The more educated immigrants quickly understood that there was a need to put structures of “Islamic education” in place for the young. They were naturally inspired by what they had known and experienced in their countries of origin, where the Qur'an, the Prophetic traditions, the life of the Prophet, and something about law and jurisprudence related to religious regulations were taught. If we consider what is usually offered today to generations of young Muslims in the West, we become convinced that what is called “education” is in fact an ill-administered “instruction.” This chapter explores steps that can be taken toward an in-depth reform of Islamic education.

Keywords:   Islam, Islamic education, Muslims, Qur'an, reform, faith, religion, West

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