Teaching Islam: Between Differences and Distinctions

Assalamualaikum WBT. Alhamdulillāh. Solātan wa Salāman ‘alā Rasulillāh. Amma ba’d. The complexity of Islamic education requires some paradigm shiftings. Rather than seeing the differences as an obstacle, we should reexamine the way we perceive it, based on the Quranic guideline, and some historical experiences. وَلَوْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ لَجَعَلَكُمْ أُمَّةً وَاحِدَةً…

ITEP Week #10: Islamic Education vs Muslim Education


This week, we are required to read Farid Panjwani’s  “The” Islamic” in Islamic Education: Assessing the Discourse.”Current Issues in Comparative Education 7, no. 1 (2004): 19-29.  The article is available at

Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh.

Brothers, sisters and teachers,

I believe that Farid Panjwani in his article title ‘The ‘Islamic’ in Islamic Education: Assessing the Discourse’ raised a very important issue which is not limited only to education, but to the whole discussion about Islam.

ITEP Week #9: Al-Jahiz and His Idea on Education


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This week, I am required to read Sebastian Günther’s article: “Be masters in that you teach and continue to learn: Medieval Muslim thinkers on educational theory.” Comparative Education Review 50, no. 3 (2006): 367-388. The reading will emphasize specifically on al-Jahiz’s view on education. Other colleagues read ideas of Ibn Sahnun, al-Farabi, Ibn Sina, al-Ghazali and some other ‘medieval’ Muslim educationists.

Here is the report on my reading:

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Tadi saya hantar assignment Islamic Teacher Education Program minggu keempat. Semasa menyiapkannya, saya mendengar penjelasan Dr. Seymour Epstein bahawa dalam sekolah agama versi Yahudi, tidak wujud apa yang dinamakan sebagai ‘Jewish Pedagogy’. Saya dikehendaki menghuraikan bagaimana boleh wujud apa yang dikatakan sebagai Islamic / Prophetic Pedagogy. Semasa inilah saya terfikirkan persoalan yang hendak ditanya ini.

ITEP Week #2: Discussion on Aims of Education

Assalaamualaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh Brother Hasrizal,

It was interesting to read your explanations of case 3. I’m particularly interested to know how you will integrate usul al din to teach evolution. Is it specifically the ayats of the Quran or hadith or do you have a different explanation.  was Salaam

Sister ‘F’

Waalaikum al-Salam WBT.

Thank you for your kind response.

Usually when Muslims heard the word evolution, many would quickly think about the Darwinism, the origin of man, were human being apes etc. I can still remember when I took my students to Belfast Zoo in Northern Ireland, one of my students saw orang utan or gorilla, he said “look, it’s our grandfather!” I was laughing at that time, but then felt sad and worry. I am not a man of science. My first degree was in Islamic Studies. So, if any of our colleagues found my argument wrong, please do not hesitate to correct me and guide me to a sound stand on this matter.

ITEP Week #2: Aims of Education


In his writing, Gutek summarized the sub-divisions of philosophy as the following:


In Sadker and Sadker, the authors looked at teacher and student centered theories:


In Islamic Schools, these ideas, albeit quite theoretical, have a direct connection to the classroom every day. Consider these four case studies and then use the guiding questions below to post your response on the discussion board.