In recent years Muslim groups in the U.K. have begun to call for the establishment of their own voluntary-aided schools, on a par with those of other religious groups. The present monograph examines, from a broadly philosophical perspective, some of the arguments for and against- suck schools and some of the crucial-underlying issues. It concludes that such schools provide the best way for Muslims to achieve the double aim of the preservation, maintenance and transmission of their religious faith and the provision of a high standard of general education for their children.
Mark Halstead first became interested in Islam when reading Oriental Studies (Arabic and Turkish) at Oxford University. After working as a journalist in Lebanon and a lecturer in Saudi Arabia, he taught English in a secondary school in Bradford for twelve years. He is currently engaged in research at Cambridge University into educational provision for Muslims in the U.K.
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