Islamic Education in a Multicultural Society:The Case of a Muslim School in Canada

Faisal Mohamed Ali, Carl Bagley

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Abstract

The case study explores the ways in which a prominent, private Canadian Muslim school provides an Islamic education while negotiating its place in an integrated, socially cohesive, multicultural society. The data are derived from an in-depth qualitative investigation utilizing documentary analysis, participant observation, and interviews (N = 22). The findings reveal the ways in which the school perceives the specific challenges in negotiating the tension between their aspiration to preserve Islamic values and wider socio-political pressures to integrate into Canada’s multicultural society. The study concludes that both the nature of Islamic educational provision and Canadian multicultural policy require modification and change.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
JournalCanadian Journal of Education
Volume38
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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