Democratic Education and Muslim Philosophy

Interfacing Muslim and Communitarian Thought

  • Nuraan Davids
  • Yusef Waghid

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Nuraan Davids, Yusef Waghid
    Pages 27-37
  3. Nuraan Davids, Yusef Waghid
    Pages 39-47
  4. Nuraan Davids, Yusef Waghid
    Pages 49-59
  5. Nuraan Davids, Yusef Waghid
    Pages 61-70
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 109-123

About this book


This book examines how democratic education is conceptualised by exploring understandings of emotions in learning. The authors argue that emotion is both an embodiment and enhancement of democratic education: that rationality and emotion are not separate entities, but exist on a continuum. While democratic education would not exist if it were incommensurate with reason, making judgements about the human condition could not happen without invoking emotion. Synthesising Muslim scholarship with the perspectives of the Western world, the book draws on scholars such as Ibn al-Arabi, Ibn Sina (Avicenna) and Fazlur Rahman to offer an enriched and expanded notion of democratic education. This engaging and reflective work will be of interest and value to students and scholars of educational philosophy and cultural studies. 


Educational philosophy Islamic education Democratic Education Ibadah Muhammad Iqbal Fazlur Rahman shura Abu 'Ali al Husayn Ibn Sina Avicenna Muhyiddin al-insan al kamil Muhammad ibn 'Ali ibn al-Arabi adab compassion and education democratic education and gratitude

Authors and affiliations

  • Nuraan Davids
    • 1
  • Yusef Waghid
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Education Policy StudiesStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-30055-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-30056-2
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