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Muslim ChildhoodReligious Nurture in a European Context$
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Jonathan Scourfield, Sophie Gilliat-Ray, Asma Khan, and Sameh Otri

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199600311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600311.001.0001

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Islam and Middle Childhood

Islam and Middle Childhood

(p.1) 1 Islam and Middle Childhood
Muslim Childhood

Jonathan Scourfield

Sophie Gilliat-Ray

Asma Khan

Sameh Otri

Oxford University Press

The first chapter introduces the terrain of the book, locating the religious nurture of Muslim children in various literatures that the book draws on. Firstly, there is an explanation of the book’s approach to understanding everyday lived religion. This is followed by an introduction to the social history of Muslims in Britain and a summary of what is known about religious transmission in minority faiths in the West, set in the context of debates about secularization. There is then an introduction to the theoretical framework used for understanding the process of learning religion. There are four elements to the theoretical framework: cognitive transmission, embodiment and habitus, minority defence and the role of religious organizations. Finally, the focus of the chapter moves on to childhood, with material on middle childhood, the concept of religious nurture and a summary of the traditions of the nurture and education of children in Islam.

Keywords:   British Muslims, religious transmission, secularization, habitus, middle childhood, socialization, education

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