Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963992 | Print ISBN: 9781412906784 | Online ISBN: 9781412963992| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Muslim Students in U.S. Schools
The population of American schools includes learners whose educational experiences are diverse by variables such as race, gender, culture, and social class. Students who are observant Muslims in American schools introduce religion as an additional analytical variable. For Muslim students, the central presence of God in the individual's mind and heart is an important factor in shaping one's life. The Western worldview might be problematic for Muslim youth and their families because a Muslim considers civil life to be embedded within a spiritual realm. In some cases, Muslim students face the challenge to maintain their religious identity in American schools. The conflict between the value system of the home and that of the school becomes more important when dealing with issues of regulating gender relations, dating, physical education, and sex ...