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New Social Foundations for Education

Education in 'Post Secular' Society

Edited By Philip Wexler and Yotam Hotam

There has been growing scholarly attention to questions about the revival of religion and religiosity on global social, cultural and political fronts and the emergence of a ‘post-secular’ society. New Social Foundations for Education is dedicated to the drawing of the implications of the contemporary ‘post-secular’ social transformation for education. Though the question of the ‘post-secular’ stands at the focal point of a wide range of academic debates and discussions, within educational discourse it has not received close scholarly attention. This volume aims to correct this lack by presenting groundbreaking works of leading scholars from Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. Contributions discuss such topics as the mystical tradition and its social and pedagogic implications; transformative and ecological education; ‘new age’ spiritualism and its educational implications; and the relations between secular and religious education in different local contexts.
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This book is a first result of an ongoing academic collaboration which enriched our lives in recent years intellectually and personally and was accompanied by vibrant discussions, and meaningful collegiality. Philip Wexler would like to thank Heinz Sünker for the invitation to work in Germany, and Lambert Koch, the Rector of the Bergische Universitat, in Wuppertal, for his support. Yotam Hotam would like to thank Adi Efal, Itzhak Benyamini, and Cedric Cohen Skalli for exciting discussions on themes of modernity, secularism, faith and politics.

We gratefully acknowledge the following permissions to reprint:

Taylor & Francis

“On the Teachings of George Grant” by William F. Pinar, published in Critical Studies in Education, 55:1, pp. 8–17 (2014).

“Religion, Education and the Post-secular Child” by Robert A. Davis, published in Critical Studies in Education, 55:1, pp. 18–31 (2014).

“The Case of Palestinian Civil Society in Israel: Islam, Civil Society, and Educational Activism” by Ayman K. Agbaria & Muhanad Mustafa, published in Critical Studies in Education, 55:1, pp. 44–57 (2014).

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