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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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Teaching about Religion, Islam, and the World in Public and Private School Curricula

Teaching about Religion, Islam, and the World in Public and Private School Curricula

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(p.85) 4 Teaching about Religion, Islam, and the World in Public and Private School Curricula
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Educating the Muslims of America
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Susan L. Douglass

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375206.003.0005

This chapter describes four interlocking areas of work in education, both in public or mainstream schools and in Muslim private or community-based schools in the United States. The first of these four areas involves teaching about world religions, specifically the effort to improve content about Islam, as both religion and historical civilization. The second area involves teaching world history and world geography, which is the major arena in which teaching about religions appears in the curricula of both public and private schools, but it is a highly significant arena of work beyond anything to do with teaching about religions. The third area involves the movement to develop, adopt, and implement academic standards in all subject areas during the 1990s. The fourth area concerns the process of developing an integrated curriculum based on the use of national and state content and skills standards and the effort to disseminate these ideas in the U.S. educational arena, both public and private, with emphasis on the integration of social studies and science curricula. A significant focus of the chapter is to detail the ways in which efforts to improve the curriculum in these areas flow seamlessly among the arenas of work involving mainstream public schools and Muslim community-based schools. The chapter also describes the work of the Council on Islamic Education (CIE), which has recently been absorbed into a new and broader organization, the Institute on Religion and Civic Values.

Keywords:   Muslim schools, Islamic education, curriculum development, Council on Islamic Education

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