ERIC Number: EJ747544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Islamic Schools in the Netherlands: Expansion or Marginalization?
Driessen, Geert; Merry, Michael S.
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v37 n3 p201-223 Nov 2006
In the Netherlands, the constitutional freedom of education offers the opportunity for the growing number of Muslims to establish state-funded Islamic schools. At the moment there are 46 Islamic primary schools; a number of schools are in the process of being established and there is still a need for an additional 120 such schools. Right from the start Islamic education has been a highly controversial issue. Events such as 9/11 and the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh have fueled the discussion, which turned from open-minded and accommodating to critical and even demonstrably negative. This article focuses on Islamic schools in the Netherlands: how they have evolved, their objectives, their achievements, and the problems they have encountered--and continue to encounter. Specific attention is paid to a number of empirical studies that focus on the functioning of Islamic schools.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Schools, Muslims, Islam, Islamic Culture, Culturally Relevant Education, Cultural Differences, Educational Research, School Culture, Educational Objectives, Educational Development, School Organization
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands