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Young Muslims, Pedagogy and Islam
Contexts and concepts

M.G. Khan
Hardback, 256 pages, 240 x 172 mm
Other formats available
27 Feb 2013


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North America customers can order this book here from the University of Chicago Press.

"a genuinely philosophical and theoretical discussion of youth work’s pedagogical purpose and approach ... provides hard-edged critique of societal attitudes towards young Muslims and policies aimed at them, written in an accessible and engaging style."
Paul Thomas, University of Huddersfield
“Young Muslims, Pedagogy and Islam may be the most important book yet written on the genealogy of youth work and its crucial importance to Muslim youth at a time in which the social state is under attack and the war on youth has taken on new and ruthless racist directions. Muhammad Khan provides a brilliant critique of the diverse social, economic, political, pedagogical, and cultural ideologies and policies that bear down on Muslim youth in and through diverse approaches to youth work and services. This is a book that should be read by everyone who believes that bigotry rather than justice and diversity is the enemy of democracy.” Henry Giroux, Professor of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University, Canada
“Khan challenges the prevailing 'othering' of Islam by policy agendas driven by fear. He shows how significant Islamic pedagogies can shape and move youth work practice focussed on everyday lives.” Janet Batsleer, Principal Lecturer Youth and Community Work, Manchester Metropolitan University

About This Book

For most young people religion and religiosity is something latent or private, activated by private events or the passing of years. For Muslim young people it can be activated by an incessant Islamophobic discourse that requires fundamental questions of relationships and belonging to be addressed in the public gaze while being positioned as representatives and 'explainers' of their religion and their communities. This much-needed book discusses the realpolitik of developing services for young Muslims in the post-9/11 context and moves beyond notions of gendered provision and confessional activity to ask what defines a Muslim pedagogy. In doing so it presents a 'theoretical frame for Muslim youth work'.

Author Biography

M.G. Khan is a Tutor at Ruskin College, Oxford, UK.


Preface: Places we look for ... and places we find
Return to sentiment
Youth work, pedagogy and Islam
The relationships model: a theoretical framework for Muslim youth work
Anti-oppressive practice and Muslim young people
Anthros and pimps: researching Muslim young people
The voluntary sector: values and worlds
The Muslim organisational landscape
A symbiotic relationship: community cohesion, preventing violent extremism and Islamophobia
Nothing to conclude ...


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