Key Themes of Islamic Education Practice

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All would agree that the pre-tertiary study of Islamic Education in today’s world should look like the following:

  1. Muslim Metaphysics

  2. Muslim Heresiography

  3. Muslim Biographies and Religious stories

  4. Historiography and  History of the Caliphate and Sultans

  5. Anthological study of Traditional Islamic texts

  6. Principles of Muslim Jurisprudence

  7. The study of ritual practices

  8. A study of the practice of Shariah in the Modern world

  9. Muslim Ethics

  10. and Islamic Theory of Knowledge and Research Methodology

In fact with the poor quality of teaching and learning in the field of “Islamics” in general today, the above topics if delivered with introductory modules in logic, rhetoric, the ability to recognise sophistry and fallacious arguments, academic writing, speaking and debating skills; this would be a worth while course of study for the 21st century learner of Islamic Education. Such a program has the potential to deliver balanced levels of traditional knowledge of faith and literacy skills as well as critical thinking skills that can be used later on in the pursuit of higher education.

Taking this line of thought further, I argue that Calculus; Language and Communication; Epistemology and Social Ethics; are sufficient as core subjects. Natural and Social sciences should be offered as optional or vocational choices for students that excel in these subjects and want to pursue a particular career or specialism for their future life choices.



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