Tradition and Future of Islamic Education

Wilna A.J. Meijer
Übersetzt von Susan Rustidge

Tradition and Future of Islamic Education

2009,  Religious Diversity and Education in Europe,  Band 10,  200  pages,  E-Book (PDF),  19,90 €,  ISBN 978-3-8309-7131-3

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The relation between Islam and the West is the topic of an ongoing debate. The debate often leaves us with a choice between two mutually exclusive worlds: the modern West with its enlightenment and science and accompanying secular education, or else Islam and Islamic education, characterised by orthodoxy and tradition.

In the hope of promoting dialogue instead of polarisation, the author, a philosopher of education trained in the West, searches for the ideas and ideals of education, schooling and learning within Islam. Wherever knowledge and learning have blossomed, education, schooling and teaching must have flourished, too. Whivh educational culture was part of the highly developed intellectual culture of classical Islam?

Current-day modernist Muslim intellectuals take inspiration from this rich intellectual tradition of Islam. The perspective on the future of Islamic education in the modern context, in which the book results, utilizes their ideas. Hermeneutics, the theory of interpretation, is applied to the rereading and reinterpretation of the source texts of Islam. Hermeneutics also offers an inspiring perspective on an education that strikes the balance between tradition and enlightenment.