European Perspectives on Islamic Education and Public Schooling - Jenny Berglund

European Perspectives on Islamic Education and Public Schooling - Jenny Berglund

The Others: Muslim Faith-based Schools in a Catholic-majority Country

European Perspectives on Islamic Education and Public Schooling - Jenny Berglund

Mariachiara Giorda [+-]
University of Roma Tre
Mariachiara Giorda holds a PhD in the history of religions at EPHE, Sorbonne, Paris and works mainly on religious pluralism in public spaces, religious places in urban spaces, and religious diversity at school. She is Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Roma Tre, Italy.
Alberta Giorgi [+-]
University of Bergamo
Alberta Giorgi holds a PhD in Comparative Religion and works at the University of Bergamo, Italy. Alberta carries out research in the fields of sociological theory and communication and media.

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Faith-based schools raise a series of interesting questions in the political debate with regard to public education. First of all, public education has the dual task of providing all citizens with a standard level of literacy and educating new citizens. In fact, public education may be seen as crucial for building a sense of national unity through transmission of the values and principles on which the national identity has been founded. In this perspective, issues may arise concerning the role and the degree of autonomy of faith-based schools—that is, schools with a specific, religiously-inspired, educational concept—with regard to public education as a whole. What is the balance between freedom of education and social cohesion? Moreover, in a context of increasing religious diversity, issues may arise in relation to the status of faith-based schools of non-majoritarian religious traditions. Second, in countries in which education is mostly provided by the public sector but is chronically underfinanced, economic support for faithbased schools, which mainly act in the private sector, gives rise to fierce criticism from a large sector of the population. These concerns may apply to the relations between private and public education in a broad sense. Nonetheless, when considering faith-based schools, the matter is complicated by the overall status of religion within the public sector.

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Giorda, Mariachiara; Giorgi, Alberta. The Others: Muslim Faith-based Schools in a Catholic-majority Country. European Perspectives on Islamic Education and Public Schooling. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 207-233 Nov 2018. ISBN 9781781794845. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=32511. Date accessed: 19 Jan 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32511. Nov 2018

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