Muslim Childhood: Religious Nurture in a European Context by Jonathan Scourfield

By Jonathan Scourfield

How will we learn how to be spiritual? To make feel of this technique should still we emphasise the routine reinforcement of physically rituals? Or the lively function of people in making judgements approximately religion at key moments? Or should still we flip to cognitive technological know-how to give an explanation for the common buildings on which religiosity is outfitted? and the way does a comparatively religious minority move on faith in a mostly secular Western context? What importance does faith have for kin lifestyles during this state of affairs? and the way does a non secular identification have interaction with different kinds of collective id, for instance with a kingdom, ethnic workforce or a locality? those are a few of the questions that Muslim Childhood offers with. This e-book is ready traditional British Muslims' daily non secular socialization of youngsters in early and heart youth. It presents a close description of ways Muslim households in an earthly Western context try and go on their religion to the subsequent iteration. it truly is rooted in particular qualitative study with 60 Muslim households in a single British urban. The authors' personal research of survey info means that Muslims within the united kingdom extra successfully move on their religion to the following iteration than different non secular teams. This ebook is partially an try and clarify why that would be.

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There is relatively little research to date on how children negotiate religion and spirituality that is informed by the new sociology of childhood, allowing children to articulate their own perspectives through participatory methods, regarding children as significant social actors and understanding children’s religion in relation to both micro- and macro-level social contexts. The situation has been changing somewhat in recent years (Hemming and Madge, 2011), but much of this recent research is on teenage children rather than those in early and middle childhood.

2 22 See also Parker-Jenkins (1995) for further consideration of Islam and education. Islam and Middle Childhood Teachers in schools and madrasahs have an important role to play in supporting the educational efforts of parents at home. Reflecting the comprehensive nature of education in Islam, a teacher is ‘expected to exemplify in her/his life the content of that which is taught’ (Hewer, 2001: 521). In other words, they are not simply transmitting knowledge and information, but are expected to act as guides and exemplars, in all aspects of personal conduct.

However, there is also a lot that data on transmission do not tell us. Socialization approaches have also been regarded by some commentators as overly passive, and especially with regard to children. Authors such as James and Prout (1997) and James et al. (1998) have placed a emphasis on children being social actors, in contrast to what they see as passive models of socialization from sociology and essentialist or monocultural approaches from developmental psychology. Our view is that the term ‘socialization’ is more open than ‘transmission’ to encompassing a dynamic process and an element of negotiation of religiosity, whilst also quite properly keeping a focus on social structural influences.

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