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Islamic schools in Australia


Jones, PD, Islamic schools in Australia, The La Trobe Journal, (89) pp. 36-47. ISSN 1441-3760 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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One of the major concerns of Muslims living as a minority in a Western secular society is the education of their children. For the early Muslim settlers in Australia there was no formal option, apart from teaching about the faith at home or in the mosque. The first substantial Muslim emigration to Australia came with organised migration from Turkey in the late 1960s and after 1975 with Lebanese families escaping civil war in their homeland. Most of the new arrivals were preoccupied with finding work. Only later, as mosques and prayer halls were established and community associations formed, was there a chance to start formalising proposals for some kind of Islamic education for their children. Until then, most of the children went to state schools, apart from a few middle class professional families who could afford to send their children to private schools, with the girls often being sent to single-sex Catholic schools.

Since the first two Islamic schools were opened in Australia in 1983, two questions have come to the fore. Firstly, for Muslims, there is the question of what constitutes an appropriate 'Islamic' education, while for more (sometimes) hostile elements of the wider Australian community, do these schools simply further divide Muslim children from other Australian children and are they promoting what they perceive as unAustralian values?

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Islamic schools, girls, education, values
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Globalisation and culture
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Jones, PD (Mr Peter Jones)
ID Code:79486
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Asian Languages and Studies
Deposited On:2012-09-17
Last Modified:2016-10-19
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