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Islamic Studies in Islamic Schools: Evidence-Based Renewal

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Abstract

A major aim for the establishment of Islamic schools pertains to the preservation of the ‘Islamic’ in terms of religious matters such as faith and practices. However, despite this noble aim, and the obvious significance of Islamic Studies as a key learning area or subject in Islamic schools, no empirical research exists to date that examines the nature, scope, effectiveness, and relevance of Islamic Studies as taught within ‘Islamic’ schools. This study utilised qualitative research methods to explore the strengths and weaknesses of Islamic Studies, the challenges faced in the teaching and learning of Islamic Studies, and the attitudes of students toward the relevance and effectiveness of Islamic Studies to their lives as young Australian Muslims. A key finding was the absence of an Islamic Studies curriculum and syllabus in Islamic schools leading to a number of problems including: lack of overarching approach encompassing aims, goals, plans, decision-making process, procedures and vision for Islamic Studies. The result, according to Islamic studies teachers is chaos and confusion in implementation of Islamic studies, and a lack of systematic approach to Islamic Studies subjects making it difficult to teach.

Keywords

Islamic studies Curriculum ACARA Students Islamic schools 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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