Encountering religious diversity : multilevel governance of Islamic education in Finland and Ireland

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Sakaranaho , T H 2018 , ' Encountering religious diversity : multilevel governance of Islamic education in Finland and Ireland ' , Journal of Religious Education , vol. 66 , no. 2 , pp. 111-124 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s40839-018-0065-9

Title: Encountering religious diversity : multilevel governance of Islamic education in Finland and Ireland
Author: Sakaranaho, Tuula Helena
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: Journal of Religious Education
ISSN: 1442-018X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/305123
Abstract: Recent decades have witnessed a change in European governments’ policies from benign neglect to active management of religious diversity, where Islam is often seen as the most challenging for the European social order. However, the ways that this “management” is justified and undertaken varies from country to country and depends on the issues at hand. This paper will take up the issue of Islamic education in Finland and Ireland where it is incorporated into the public school system and where the state has taken an active role in order to control Islam in the field of education. The main argument of this article is that the “management” of Islamic education in both of the above-mentioned countries is ridden with contradictions arising from the difficulty to balance between an emphasis on particular national traditions, on the one hand, and public policies concerning religious diversity, on the other hand. Theoretically, the article will employ the perspective of multilevel governance which helps to widen the perspective from the state as a primary explanatory to different agents of the civil society in encountering religious diversity.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
614 Theology
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