Values and Islam: The Interface between Education and Religion
The National Framework in Values Education is being utilized in Australia to deal with issues of enhancing understanding of Islam for Muslim and non-Muslim populations. A particular focus is on those values that are held in common between these populations as well as on those values that are typically at variance. In relation to the former, unhelpful stereotypes can be put aside in favour of greater harmony between school populations. In relation to the latter, strengthened dialogue, especially through mutual visitations by school students to each others' sites, is considered crucial. The paper will draw on a general coverage of the educational innovation known as values education and highlight the particular application made to enhancing understanding of the moral basis of Islam. It will outline features of commonality and points of variance between this basis and those values commonly regarded as comprising the moral basis of the broader Australian population.
Keywords: Education, Religion, Values, Islam
Prof. Terry Lovat
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle