Citizenship education in diverse democracies: How thick or thin? how maximal or minimal?

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A key problem in the education of citizens in open, pluralistic, liberal democratic societies concerns the tensions between the character of comprehensive visions of the good that draw upon particular religious, spiritual, moral, and political traditions, on the one hand, and the values and virtues that all citizens need to share in order to create a common civic life together across difference, on the other hand. This problem can be found in liberal democratic states that have or seek ties to particular faith traditions such as Islam, Christianity, or Judaism; secular heritages such as French or possibly Turkish Laïcité; national cultures or languages such as German, Polish, Czech, or Lithuanian; or combinations of the above such as modern Hebrew culture and Israeli Zionism. It is especially significant for emerging states in Southeastern Europe with large Muslim majorities, as well as significant landed minorities with alternative ethnic or religious ties that may wish to prepare youngsters for the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in liberal democratic regimes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIslam and Citizenship Education
Subtitle of host publicationIn Cooperation with Minela Salkic Joldo
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783658086039
ISBN (Print)9783658086022
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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