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ERIC Number: EJ1152302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
God Will Tell You the Truth Regarding Your Differences
Selçuk, Mualla
Religious Education, v112 n4 p312-316 2017
Mualla Selçuk, Professor of Religious Education Faculty of Divinity & Director of Continuing Education Center Ankara University, begins by writing about the studies she conducted early in her career on the ways that the Quran addresses diversity. She describes how she found those passages that spoke of diversity among human beings as an opportunity for friendship rather than dispute and fighting. She notes that when scholars study diverse aspects of human beings, they can often discover clues about the deeper mysteries of the universe. According to the Quran, diversity among humans is to be the object of study, not of disputes and fights. While Selçuk's initial interest was teaching stories from the texts of different religious traditions, her focus turned toward preparation of a teaching didactic that in the following years would be coined the Communicative Model in Islamic religious education (Selçuk 2012). She writes of her research journey and how it continued toward creating an approach of a solid base for transformation and inner growth for learners. She describes it as an approach that supports the formation of students' religious identity and also helps them discover the dialogical character of all identity formation on the need for mutual understanding and respect. She describes how she challenged, supported, guided, and led her students to rethink Islam as a means for forming and maintaining interpersonal relationships with those from different faiths. In her teaching experience, she has discovered that a self-evaluation of the sources of the students' knowledge and communicating with the Qur'anic text in an informed, intelligent, and sensitive manner empowers students to reflect on their own life situations. Selçuk proposes that this approach suggests alternative ways of reading the Qur'anic text without losing one's own faith and opens students' visions to different possibilities--reframing their relationship with the text and encouraging them to further inquire about its meaning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey (Ankara)
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