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Religions 2018, 9(12), 392; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9120392

Islamic Schooling in the Cultural West: A Systematic Review of the Issues Concerning School Choice

Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Received: 19 September 2018 / Revised: 21 November 2018 / Accepted: 27 November 2018 / Published: 28 November 2018
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Increased Muslim immigration and conversion to Islam have influenced the rise of Islamic schools in western nation-states. Islamic schools are both formal and informal. This paper summarizes literature on Islamic schooling in the cultural west with respect to three policy-relevant issues: (1) the purpose and nature of Islamic schooling; (2) parental wishes; and (3) the quality of Islamic schooling. The initial search process resulted in 12,535 articles, 81 of which inform the current review. The review reveals a variation in education policy issues in which some countries fund private Islamic schools and others provide Islamic religious instruction in public schools. The review discusses potential solutions to address parental wishes and improve the quality of Islamic schooling. Based on the reviewed literature, the review suggests guidelines for future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: Islamic schools; Muslim; policy; school choice; private; public; immigrants Islamic schools; Muslim; policy; school choice; private; public; immigrants
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