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ERIC Number: EJ889562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1195-4353
Islam, Western Education and the Riddle of Human Rights
Kaftan, Nadja; Smith-Doughty, Lexy
College Quarterly, v12 n4 Fall 2009
Relations between Islam and the West have seldom been easy. Enmities and resentments date back centuries. So do cultural contacts, economic ties and periods of relative cooperation. Today, however, nothing symbolizes that unsteady and often tense relationship more than the events of 11 September, 2001 and the bloodshed that has followed in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the cities of London, Madrid and elsewhere. The attitudes and actions of both sides have important consequences for citizens not only in Islamic countries but also in the West. They present especially serious trials for educators, both in principle and in practice. For other citizens, the purported clash of civilizations brings up questions concerning the very Western values that are said to be in jeopardy. This article is intended to describe some of the background to the riddle of human rights as it affects Islam and the West, and to open the discussion of political principles to a consideration of the concrete, day-to-day activities of teachers, students and educational institutions. The authors present a skeletal framework for discussion of the philosophical, political and pragmatic issues specifically related to the subject of women in the Muslim states and to Muslim women in the Islamic diaspora, and to connect these topics in a way that will encourage a useful consideration of the ethical, political and pedagogical dilemmas posed by the apparent disjunction and discord among women's rights, cultural tolerance and religious freedom.
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Language: English
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