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ERIC Number: EJ940528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
Blurring the Line between Mosque and State: Public Education in the Twin Cities
Kersten, Katherine
Academic Questions, v24 n1 p32-49 Mar 2011
Educational institutions across America face growing pressure to accommodate the religious practices of Muslim students. One of the biggest hot spots in this respect may seem unlikely--the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in America's heartland. In Minnesota, controversies about religious accommodations have arisen at a number of public educational institutions. The author has helped to bring several of these to public attention in her role as a columnist for the "Star Tribune (Minneapolis)." In this article, the author examines three case studies in which she has been involved. Her discussion is based on her columns, as cited. The first case involves Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, a K-10 public charter school in Inver Grove Heights, a St. Paul suburb. Nationwide, proponents of "religiously sensitive" public schools have hailed it as a ground-breaking model. Currently, however, the school is locked in a court battle over the constitutionality of its religious practices and its relationships with Muslim organizations. The other two cases involve Minnesota community colleges that have grappled with issues related to the accommodation of Muslim prayer. In all three cases, the author has been struck by two points: (1) the reluctance of public education authorities and the media to deal forthrightly with issues associated with Islam; and (2) the double standard that education authorities tend to apply when dealing with Islam and Christianity. (Contains 30 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota