State Accommodation of Islamic Education: Review of Policy Frameworks

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The purpose of this paper is to outline the major policy frameworks through
which settings of religious education in general, and Islamic education in
particular, are accommodated in public school systems, mainly in European
contexts. To do so, the paper reviews the literature on religious education,
seeking a better understanding of the contested place of religion in public
spheres and policies, and mapping out the various models of religious education
in modern nation-states. Specifically, the paper argues that the existing state
accommodation policies are grounded in the history of church-state relations, as
reflected in constitutional provisions and governmental policies. Furthermore,
the paper argues that state accommodation policies are, for the most part,
directed to enhance integration and social cohesion, but not necessarily to
develop a Muslim identity that is part and parcel of Europe’s national contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalAl-Qasemi Journal of Islamic Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018


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