Identity, Belief and Cultural Sustainability: A Case- Study of the Experiences of Jewish and Muslim Schools in the UK

  • Marie Parker-JenkinsEmail author


This chapter explores issues of identity and belief with reference to Jewish and Muslim schools in the UK. Discussion is informed by the views of Jewish and Muslim school community stakeholders who operate in a site in which cultural sustainability is part of the institutional ethos. The chapter provides: the context of the study; the nature of the research underpinning discussion; the experience of hostility from the wider community and evidence of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia; challenges around keeping the faith community safe; and coherence and alignment with national priorities in education.


Anti-Semitism Association of Muslim Schools-UK ‘Big Society’ Cantle Report Census-UK 2011 Community cohesion Community Security Trust Cultural sustainability Denominational Faith schools Grounded theory ‘Hijab’ Hostility Islam Islamophobia Islamic Schools Judaism Leo Baeck College Centre for Jewish Education Madrassahs Multiculturalism Muslim Schools Ofsted Ouseley Report Security Self-segregation United Synagogue Agency for Jewish Education Voluntary aided schools Voluntary controlled schools 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education and Professional Studies, Faculty of Education and Health ScienceUniversity of LimerickPlassey, LimerickIreland

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