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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Religious Education
Volume66
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)111-124
Number of pages14
ISSN1442-018X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • 614 Theology

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Encountering religious diversity : multilevel governance of Islamic education in Finland and Ireland. / Sakaranaho, Tuula Helena.

In: Journal of Religious Education, Vol. 66, No. 2, 2018, p. 111-124.

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