Religious education and hermeneutics: The case of teaching about Islam
Institute for Educational Development, Karachi
This article attempts to do three things: the first is an exploration of the ways in which Islam is presented in an essentialist way (with a focus on religious education (RE) in England and Wales), leading to stereotypes and unsubstantiated generalisations that are then embedded in resources and agreed syllabi, secondly, it provides a critique of essentialism, and finally a case is made for the role of hermeneutics in the teaching and learning of Islam. We argue that a hermeneutical approach is a sound way to both conceptualise the phenomenon of Islam and a pedagogical opening to make sense of it, that may help overcome some of the weaknesses of the current ways of teaching about Islam.
Publication ( Name of Journal)
British Journal of Religious Education
(2018). Religious education and hermeneutics: The case of teaching about Islam. British Journal of Religious Education, 40(3), 268-276.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/pakistan_ied_pdck/313