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Muslim Schools, Communities and Critical Race Theory

Faith Schooling in an Islamophobic Britain?

Authors: Breen, Damian

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  • Applies Critical Race Theory to Islam
  • Reports on original ethnographic research carried out inside Muslim schools
  • Makes an informed contribution to discussions around Muslim schools and schooling
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This book explores the position of Muslim schools in contemporary Britain. A Critical Race Theory approach is used to consider some of the specific issues faced by Muslim schools, in particular those looking to become state-funded. The book provides a critically considered and meaningful application of a theory of 'race' to Muslims as a religious community, without restricting the analysis to minority ethnic Muslim groups; it also provides a counter-narrative which contests assumptions about Muslim schools presented in the media and in public debates more generally. These insights are positioned against current political climates within which Muslims have been consistently subjected to surveillance and suspicion. The book draws on first-hand research carried out inside Muslim schools to offer insights into the ways that these schools cater to diverse and locally-specific needs. It concludes by arguing that independent Islamic schools represent ideal models of community need. Therefore, bringing such schools into the state sector, in a way that allows them to retain autonomy, represents an ideal strategy for the educational and political enfranchisement of British Muslims. Muslim schooling represents an opportunity for increased state investment in Muslim interests as a strategy for offsetting the ways in which Muslim communities have been marginalised more generally in contemporary political climates. The book will make compelling reading for students and researchers in the fields of Education, Sociology, and Religious Studies, particularly those with an interest in faith schools, Islam, and Critical Race Theory.

About the authors

Dr Damian Breen is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. His research interests are primarily focused on faith schooling; Muslim communities; Critical Race Theory; and political, educational and civic equity among marginalised groups.

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“The book succeeds with its larger argument because of the strong theoretical lens Breen brings to the subject along with the many new voices he includes through ethnographic research and interviews. … It will be most accessible to specialists in Islamophobia and CRT. Even so, its ideas are of great import for public discourse about Islam and Islamophobia in Britain, and that alone makes the book worth the effort for non-specialists.” (Todd Green, Reading Religion, readingreligion.org, October, 2018)

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  • ISBN 978-1-137-44396-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Muslim Schools, Communities and Critical Race Theory
Book Subtitle
Faith Schooling in an Islamophobic Britain?
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-44397-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-44397-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-44396-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 201
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