This timely and stimulating Handbook, edited by world-class experts in the field, provides a comprehensive guide to Islamic Studies today. It examines the main issues in the field and explores the key debates. It provides readers with an indispensable, balanced guide to the roots of Islam and the challenges it faces in the twenty-first century.

From Madrasa to University the Challenges and Formats of Islamic Education

From madrasa to university the challenges and formats of Islamic education

The transmission of religious knowledge is an integral part of Islam. It derives from Islam being a revealed religion and pursuing missionary goals. Nevertheless, these are not the only functions religious education fulfills in Islam. This chapter will highlight its role in the transfer of knowledge, the spread of the faith, the formation of character and the mobilization of followers. First, an overview of the emergence of education in Islam will be given, explaining its system and major forms. Then, two contrasting networks of education, their concepts and institutions will be discussed. The first includes the relatively traditional Deobandi madrasas centering on the Darul ...

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