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Educating the Muslims of America$
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Yvonne Y Haddad, Farid Senzai, and Jane I Smith

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195375206

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375206.001.0001

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The Case for the Muslim School as a Civil Society Actor

The Case for the Muslim School as a Civil Society Actor

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(p.67) 3 The Case for the Muslim School as a Civil Society Actor
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Educating the Muslims of America
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Louis Cristillo

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375206.003.0004

This chapter examines the Muslim school outside the conventional frame of curriculum and classroom. It explores how the Muslim school becomes a major actor in a nexus of institutions — the mosque, the local professional and business sector, the family, and the state — and in so doing provides evidence to correct the misconception that the Muslim school marginalizes youth inside a real or imagined ethno-religious ghetto. The analysis reveals, in fact, that participation in the founding and life of a Muslim school produces overlapping social networks to bring individuals and groups into greater involvement in American civic life and participatory democracy.

Keywords:   Muslim schools, Islamic education, social networks, civic life, participatory democracy

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