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Teaching Islam with Music
Uppsala University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Curriculum Studies.
2008 (English)In: Ethnography & Education Journal, Vol. 3, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We can note a varied use and attitudes to song and music in Islam. In the classroom of Sana, a primary school teacher of Islamic religious education in a Muslim school in Sweden, music is an important but not uncontested part of Islamic religious education. Sana uses different genres of music, ranging from Islamic hip-hop and pop to more traditional nasheed. The music supports themes discussed in the classroom but also gives variation to the education. It happens that children comment and say that the hip-hop and pop-music Sana plays is haram, forbidden. Sana seldom touches upon the notion of music as forbidden or unlawful in the classroom, but nevertheless it is visible in her choices of music and the way she presents the music for the children. Outside the classroom, in interviews with the researcher, Sana talks about the necessity of finding Islamic role models that attract the young, instead of “bearded old men” that might have interesting things to say but have neither “the looks nor the language” to attract young people. Sana’s use of music within Islamic religious education is discussed to seize the meanings associated with music and understand the educational choices Sana makes in relation to music. The paper is based on fieldwork that took place during 2005 and 2006.

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2008. Vol. 3, no 2
Keyword [en]
Islam, music, Muslim, education
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Cultural Studies History of Religions Didactics Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-15017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-15017DiVA: diva2:42788
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