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Islamic Education in Secular Societies

In Cooperation with Sedef Sertkan and Zsófia Windisch

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Edited By Ednan Aslan and Margarete Rausch

Through history, Islam was the dominant religion and source of legitimation for ruling entities in diverse contexts where cultures and religions thrived in harmony. Today, the presence of Muslims as citizens in secular societies poses challenges, either by belonging to minorities in Western countries with long secular traditions or by comprising minority or majority populations in post-communist East European and Central Asian societies, where secular values are being revised. As Muslims reconceive the role of religion in their lives in those contexts, Islamic education acquires importance. It assists the young, especially adolescents, in learning to identify more fully with local realities with the intention of building sense of inner connectedness through which they may truly take part in and be of service to society. The contributors to this volume explore how the religious and secular, as well as the traditional and modern intersect in Islamic educational institutions that benefit Muslims and their societies by averting extremism and promoting cohesion.

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image: © Universität Wien Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Islamic education in secular societies : in cooperation with Sedef Sertkan and Zsófia Windisch / Aslan, Ednan / Rausch, Margaret (eds.). pages cm ISBN 978-3-631-64586-4 1. Islamic education. 2. Muslims—Non-Muslim countries. I. Aslan, Ednan, 1959- II. Rausch, Margaret. LC904.I874 2013 371.077—dc23 2013034972 ISSN 2194-7988 ISBN 978-3-631-64586-4 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-03801-9 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-03801-9 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems This book is part of the Peter Lang Edition list and was peer reviewed prior to publication. www.peterlang.com

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