ERIC Number: EJ1039401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
South[ern] Africa's "Dar ul-'Ulums": Institutions of Social Change for the Common Good?
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v33 n3 p251-266 May 2014
Muslim communities in principally non-Muslim nation states (e.g. South Africa, United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands) established a plethora of Muslim theological institutions. They have done so with the purpose of educating and reinforcing their Muslim identity. These educational structures have given rise to numerous questions that one encounters as one explores the rationale for their formation. Some are: have these institutions contributed towards the growth of Muslim extremism as argued by American and European Think Tanks? If so, then in which and why did they do so? If not, then why have they been falsely accused, and how should Muslims counter these erroneous criticisms? And, more importantly, have some of these educational institutions--as agents of "social change"--contributed towards the "common good" of the society? In response, the article attempts to investigate the reasons for the formation of these Muslim educational institutions within a broad Southern Africa democratic context. It prefaces the discussion by first constructing "social change" as a viable theoretical frame and it thereafter places the "madrasas" and "Dar ul-'Ulums" within the mentioned context prior to reflecting upon the notion of the "common good." It then proceeds by making reference to the "Dar ul-'Ulum" curriculum that plays a significant role in shaping and moulding the theologians' thinking and behaviour. It concludes by questioning to what extent the type of theological curriculum that they constructed assists them to contribute towards the "common good" of Southern Africa societies.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Change, Muslims, Islam, Religious Education, Self Concept, Political Attitudes, Misconceptions, Criticism, Curriculum, Thinking Skills, Theological Education, Role, Clergy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa