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Education for the Other: Policy and Provision for Muslim Children in the UK and Swedish Education Systems
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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (STEP)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3539-3022
2016 (English)Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

The European Convention on Human Rights has been signed by both the UK and Sweden as well as other European states, providing legal justification for accommodating the educational needs of religious minorities. This legal entitlement is explored in the paper with particular reference to parental choice for separate schools based on an Islamic ethos. How the UK and Sweden have responded to accommodate the religious convictions of Muslim families is the focus of discussion, drawing on historical and policy background and the establishment of separate schooling. The paper also draws on the theoretical work of Kumashiro and the concept of ‘Education for the Other’, examining the positioning of minority groups within the broad context of a multicultural society and the challenge of accommodating religious convictions in a climate of ‘failed multiculturalism’ increasing support for  cultural  integration and assimilation.

 

The European Convention on Human Rights has been signed by both the UK and Sweden as well as other European states, providing legal justification for accommodating the educational needs of religious minorities. This legal entitlement is explored in the paper with particular reference to parental choice for schools based on an Islamic ethos. How the UK and Sweden have responded to accommodate the religious convictions of Muslim families is the focus of discussion, drawing on historical and policy backgrounds. The paper also draws on the theoretical work of Kumashiro and the concept of ‘Education for the Other’, examining the positioning of minority groups within the broad context of a multicultural society and the challenge of accommodating religious convictions in a climate of increasing support for  cultural assimilation.

 

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Taylor France , 2016.
Keyword [en]
multiculturalism, education policy, Muslims, human rights, United Kingdom, Sweden
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Pedagogy
Research subject
Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-288423OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-288423DiVA: diva2:924057
Available from: 2016-04-27 Created: 2016-04-27 Last updated: 2016-04-27

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