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Title:Worldview education: a possibility for autonomy-facilitating education in Islamic schools
Author(s):Thibert, Jeffrey R.
Director of Research:Feinberg, Walter
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Feinberg, Walter
Doctoral Committee Member(s):McKim, Robert; Burbules, Nicholas C.; Higgins, Christopher R.; Khalil, Mohammad H.
Department / Program:Educational Policy Studies
Discipline:Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Islamic education
liberal education
worldview education
religious education
Yusuf al-Qaradawi
Abstract:Much of the current debate surrounding the integration of Muslims into Western countries is fueled by the belief that Islamic values are incompatible with those of the liberal democratic West. One area that could prove especially challenging for integration is education, as the foundational values of Islamic education would also, on this view, clash with the foundational values of liberal education. Could Islamic education ever be conducive to liberal values? If there is indeed a clash of civilizations at work here, then this seems unlikely. However, if the clash is overstated, then are there conditions under which at least some liberal democratic values could be promoted in Islamic schools? In this dissertation, I will partially address this question by focusing on one of the central liberal democratic values: autonomy. Specifically, my aim is to offer a modification to Harry Brighouse’s proposal for autonomy-facilitating education in order to suggest a curriculum that could be used to facilitate autonomy in a way that is compatible with some forms of Islamic education. I describe how this curriculum, called Worldview Education, can contribute to an autonomy-facilitating education in Islamic schools by engaging students with a variety of worldviews, as Brighouse proposes, while removing the element of critique that Islamic schools could find troubling.
Issue Date:2012-05-22
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Ryan Thibert
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-05-22
Date Deposited:2012-05

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