What Else Do They Teach in an Islamic School?



Despite attacks on Islamic schools from various quarters, the demand for places is steadily growing, as many Muslim families are eager for their children to be educated in such establishments, despite the criticism levelled against them. While one advantage is that their children are taught specific units in their faith, much like in church schools and the fast-growing Christian schools, there is also the wider issue of the broader curriculum and what is taught in these classes. There are concerns regarding whether the Islamic schools in Australia are just teaching the normal curriculum with a faith component tacked on, or whether an Islamic ethos pervades the entire curriculum, as well as the rhythm of the school year. In addition, there is the issue of what parents are expecting from Islamic schools. This chapter explores the nature of Islamic schools, and what is taught therein.


Muslim families Secular Identity Creationism Islamic schools 



  1. Abdel-Fattah, Randa. Does My Head Look Big in This? London: Pan Macmillan, 2005.Google Scholar
  2. ———. Ten Things I Hate About Me. London: Pan Macmillan, 2006.Google Scholar
  3. ———. Where the Streets Had a Name. London: Pan Macmillan, 2008.Google Scholar
  4. Al-Khalili, Jim. Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science. London: Allen Lane, 2010.Google Scholar
  5. Ansari, Humayun. The Infidel Within, Muslims in Britain Since 1800. London: Hurst, 2004.Google Scholar
  6. Foltz, Richard. Animals in Islamic Tradition and Muslim Cultures. Oxford: One World Publications, 2006.Google Scholar
  7. Jenkins, Jean, and Paul Olsen. Music and Musical Instruments in the World of Islam. London: Horniman Museum, 1976.Google Scholar
  8. Lyons, Jonathan. The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilisation. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.Google Scholar
  9. Marchetta, Melina. Looking for Alibrandi. Camberwell, Victoria: Penguin, 1990.Google Scholar
  10. Morgan, Sally. Sally’s Story. Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Press, 1987.Google Scholar
  11. Chapter in a Book

    1. Giles, Barbara. “Somali Narratives on Islam, Education and Perceptions of Difference.” In Muslims in Australia, The Dynamics of Exclusion and Inclusion, ed. Samina Yasmeen, 180. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2010.Google Scholar


    1. Halstead, J. Mark. “Muslim Attitudes to Music in Schools.” British Journal of Music Education 11 (2006): 143–156.Google Scholar
    2. ———. “Muslims and Sex Education.” Muslim Education Quarterly 26, no. 3 (1997): 319.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Friends’ School, HobartNorth HobartAustralia

Personalised recommendations