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Islamic Education in Public Schools and Mosques in Germany

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1. Title Title of document Islamic Education in Public Schools and Mosques in Germany - European Perspectives on Islamic Education and Public Schooling
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Tuba Isik; Paderborn University, Germany; Germany
3. Subject Discipline(s) Islamic Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) religious education in Europe; religious education; Islamic education; teaching Islam; Islamic education in Germany
5. Subject Subject classification Islamic religious education
6. Description Abstract Islamic Education in Germany, which is more about understanding Islamic Instruction (Islamischer Religionsunterricht) as a regular subject in Primary and Secondary Schools, has become a very important public issue (Berglund 2015). That might be because 4 million of the 80 million German inhabitants are Muslims, i.e. 4-5 per cent of the population and they are claiming their rights according to the constitution: they want the possibility to exercise their entitlement to religious education. Also, German politicians are afraid that German Muslims could establish a more rigorous understanding of their religion and want to prevent this by offering religious education at schools, which are to some extent subject to the control of the federal states. But another important reason for the current discussion is that in general the young people in Germany are losing their ability, sense, and comprehension of religious language. It has also to be mentioned that Germany is becoming more and more culturally and religiously diverse. Therefore, the question of ensuring mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence requires knowledge about the “other”. Hence the question raised among educationalists is whether it would probably make more sense to have a school subject that teaches about religions (Religionskunde) instead of having religious education which is linked to a confession. I will structure my paper along these questions and thoughts.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 12-Nov-2018
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.30273
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; European Perspectives on Islamic Education and Public Schooling
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Europe,
Twenty-first century
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