Teaching Islamic Studies in the Age of ISIS, Islamophobia, and the Internet

Teaching Islamic Studies in the Age of ISIS, Islamophobia, and the Internet - Encounters

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Synopsis

"A much-needed volume and a must read" for educators addressing a challenging topic in a challenging time (Choice).

How can teachers introduce the subject of Islam when daily headlines and social-media disinformation can prejudice students' perception of the subject? Should Islam be taught differently in secular universities than in colleges with a clear faith-based mission? What are strategies for discussing Islam and violence without perpetuating stereotypes?

The contributors of Teaching Islamic Studies in the Age of ISIS, Islamophobia, and the Internet address these challenges head-on and consider approaches to Islamic studies pedagogy, Islamophobia, and violence, and suggestions for how to structure courses. These approaches acknowledge the particular challenges faced when teaching a topic that students might initially fear or distrust. Speaking from their own experience, they include examples of collaborative teaching models, reading and media suggestions, and ideas for group assignments that encourage deeper engagement and broader thinking. The contributors also share personal struggles when confronted with students (including Muslim students) and parents who suspected the courses might have ulterior motives. In an age of stereotypes and misrepresentations of Islam, this book offers a range of means by which teachers can encourage students to thoughtfully engage with the topic of Islam.

"Abundant and useful references…Highly recommended."-Choice

Book information

ISBN: 9780253039811
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Imprint: Indiana University Press
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Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Weight: -1g