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Islamic Schooling in the West

Pathways to Renewal

  • Mohamad Abdalla
  • Dylan Chown
  • Muhammad Abdullah
  • Explores the effectiveness, relevance and contextualisation of Islamic and Arabic studies in Western schools

  • Examines the philosophy of Islamic education and the focus on purpose, worldview, and discipline

  • Establishes an Islamic pedagogical framework as rubric for current Islamic schools to shape conceptions of Islamic education with hope for deeper connection between religious education as a subject and religious education as pedagogy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Mohamad Abdalla, Dylan Chown, Muhammad Abdullah
    Pages 1-9
  3. Ayda Succarie, Wayne Fallon, Gabriela Coronado
    Pages 63-96
  4. Abdullah Trevathan
    Pages 129-150
  5. Nadeem A. Memon, Mariam Alhashmi
    Pages 169-194
  6. Abdullah Elleissy
    Pages 227-237
  7. Mohamad Abdalla, Dylan Chown, Muhammad Abdullah
    Pages 315-322
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 323-327

About this book


This book presents the views of leading scholars, academics, and educators on the renewal of Islamic schools in the Western context. The book argues that as Islamic schools in Western contexts have negotiated the establishment phase they must next embrace a period of renewal. Renewal relates to a purposeful synthesis of the tradition with contemporary educational practice and greater emphasis on empirical research substantiating best practices in Islamic schools. This renewal must reflect teaching and learning practices consistent with an Islamic worldview and pedagogy. It should also inform, among other aspects, classroom management models, and relevant and contextual Islamic and Arabic studies. This book acquaints the reader with contemporary challenges and opportunities in Islamic schools in the Western context with a focus on Australia.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mohamad Abdalla
    • 1
  • Dylan Chown
    • 2
  • Muhammad Abdullah
    • 3
  1. 1.University of South AustraliaAdelaide, SAAustralia
  2. 2.University of South AustraliaAdelaide, SAAustralia
  3. 3.University of South AustraliaAdelaide, SAAustralia

About the editors

Mohamad Abdalla is Professor of Islamic Studies and Founding Director of the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) at the University of South Australia. He is a public intellectual and one of Australia’s most prominent Muslim leaders. Over the last two decades, he contributed substantially to the field of Islamic studies in Australia. He pioneered the establishment of three Islamic studies centres across few Australian universities. 

Dylan Chown is Research Fellow and the Program Director for Islamic Education in the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE), University of South Australia. His research focuses on Islamic pedagogy and aims to further efforts towards Islamic schooling renewal. Dylan has extensive teaching experience at Islamic and non-Islamic Australian schools. 

Muhammad Abdullah is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) at the University of South Australia. He has over 25 years teaching experience at a Government K–12 school in an inner suburb of Sydney. He has been a Chief Examiner of Aboriginal Studies for The Higher School Certificate in NSW and is currently the Supervisor of Marking for the same subject. Abdullah’s PhD focuses on a ground-breaking project exploring the Formulation of a Pedagogical Framework for Islamic Schools in Australia.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Islamic Schooling in the West
  • Book Subtitle Pathways to Renewal
  • Editors Mohamad Abdalla
    Dylan Chown
    Muhammad Abdullah
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-73611-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-08820-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-73612-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 327
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Religion and Education
    Curriculum Studies
    Sociology of Education
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“Islamic Schooling in the West is a book designed to promote the renewal of Islamic education in the Western community. … This book will be interesting for both scholars and teachers.” (Saortua Marbun, Reflective Teaching,, March, 2019)