Other Voices, Other Standards: Reconciling Islamic Religious Dress and Western European Educational Systems

By Jamie L. Hillis.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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As Western European governments take steps to ban overt religious dress in civic spaces, the freedom of Islamic students to express their faith has come under fire. Taking into account the historical contexts for Muslim immigration to Western Europe as well as the trajectory of recent legislation, I consider the effects such restrictions have on the self-esteem of Islamic students and offer alternatives that intend to strike a balance between secular educational systems and religious expression. Among the alternatives considered are Islamic schools, multicultural education, and allowing students to wear their religious dress.

Keywords: Religious Dress, Islam, Self-Esteem, Western Europe, State Schools, Religion in Schools

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.435-440. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 515.369KB).

Jamie L. Hillis

Masters of Education Candidate, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, USA

Jamie L. Cunningham is a Masters of Education candidate at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, USA. Ms. Cunningham has research interests in postcolonialism and Islamic populations in the USA and Western Europe. Upon completing her degree, Ms. Cunningham intends to teach English to secondary students before entering a Ph. D. program in Education.

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