Author: Abdullah Sahin
Publisher: Kube Publishing
About the Book: ‘New Directions in Islamic Education’ is a radical rethinking of Islamic education in the modern world. It explores the relationship between pedagogy and the formation of religious identities within Islamic education settings that are based in minority and majority Muslim contexts. Based on empirical research, the book engages critically with the philosophical, theological and cultural dynamics that inform Muslim educational thought and practice. The book offers an integrated model of Islamic education that identifies the heart of the Islamic educational imagination as tarbiyah, a transformative process of becoming. Abdullah Sahin, PhD, directs the Centre for Muslim Educational Thought and Practice and is the course leader for the MEd program in Islamic education at MIHE in Leicestershire, United Kingdom.
“This ground-breaking book is one of the most significant contributions made in recent years to Islamic education.”—John M. Hull, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Hina Sami –
I have to admit that as I begun reading the book, I thought it was a book on Research Methodology because of all the details about the method chosen but that only brings the kind of academic seriousness we crave from Muslim professionals. However as I progressed eagerly to read the findings of the research done with Muslim kids to understand their relationship with Islam, I couldn’t put it down. The interviews and survey results are a dive into everything that parents and teachers are doing wrong these days; that kids are not inherently averse to religion or religiosity. (This was so comforting for me to know!)
It’s one of those books that not only gives you the answer of how to build a meaningful relationship between Islam and Kids, but it also gives you enough to stop what your’e doing and really think it through.
Abdullah Sahin has questioned, and rightfully so, the way we have been teaching our children Islam. If we take a hard look then we will clearly see our folly and the route to make amends. This book also explained a lot of my personal dilemmas growing up in a parallel culture and the complexity of identity and experience. A fascinating read.
Highly advised reading for Teachers, Educationists and most importantly – PARENTS!
Hina Sami –