Muslim Supplementary Classes: and their place within the wider learning community


At a time when there is widespread misunderstanding of what actually takes place in an Islamic educational setting in modern-day Britain, this invaluable work will not only provide genuine insight but also provoke others to undertake similar ethnographic research.

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Muslim Supplementary Classes presents one of the most significant pieces of ethnographic research of Muslims in Britain of recent decades. In this monograph, Gent’s research combines years of professional experience in education with a sensitivity towards one of the most time-honoured traditions of Muslim learning: the recitation and memorization of the Qur’an. Using sound methodology, Gent successfully navigates the often controversial arena of Muslim supplementary schooling in Britain with an integrity and sympathy that never compromises his academic rigour. The present work is of general interest and academic value, appealing to educationalists, sociologists and Muslim leaders alike; but also holds a particular significance for secular educators, who may be acquainted with, but little exposed to the world of Muslim education.

At once timely and essential, the findings of this ground-breaking study will be of relevance for years to come.


Foreword xiii

Preface xv

Overview xix

Acknowledgements xxi

1 The Context and Timeliness of this Research 1

2 Literature Review 21

3 Methodology 43

4 Case Study One: Life-story Images of Muslim Education 57

5 Case Study Two: The Life and Work of Balfour Road Maktab 69

6 Case Study Three: The Experience of Hifz Students at Balfour Road Maktab 79

7 Muslim Supplementary Classes Within the Wider Social and Educational Community 95

8 Overview, Conclusions and Recommendations 115

Glossary of Non-English Terms Used in the Text 125

Endnotes and Commentary 129

References  145 Appendix  159

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