Rethinking Religious Instruction

Michael Farquhar

in Circuits of Faith

Published by Stanford University Press

Published in print November 2016 | ISBN: 9780804798358
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781503600270 | DOI:
Rethinking Religious Instruction

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This chapter considers the styles of pedagogy which took shape at the Islamic University of Medina from the time of its founding. It argues that the university was viewed by many of those involved as a response to imperial intrusions in the cultural sphere in the colonized parts of the Islamic world in which a large proportion of them had been born and raised. At the same time, rather than engaging in an effort to shore up what had come to be seen as traditional modes of religious schooling, they instead sought to actively appropriate social technologies of education whose own genealogies traced back to European metropoles and to rework them in the name of what was understood to consist in a project of cultural resistance.

Keywords: Islamic education; cultural imperialism; pedagogy; Abul A’la Mawdudi; Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi

Chapter.  8326 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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