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Education for the Other: Policy and Provision for Muslim Children in the UK and Swedish Education Systems
Department of Education, University of Limerick, Limerick, Republic of Ireland.
Department of Education, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Educational sciences. (STORIES)
2016 (English)In: Compare, ISSN 0305-7925, E-ISSN 1469-3623Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The European Convention on Human Rights has been signed by both the UK and Sweden as well as other European states, providing legal justification for accommodating the educational needs of religious minorities. This legal entitlement is explored in the paper, with particular reference to parental choice for schools based on an Islamic ethos. How the UK and Sweden have responded to accommodate the religious convictions of Muslim families is the focus of discussion, drawing on historical and policy backgrounds. The paper also draws on the theoretical work of Kumashiro and the concept of ‘Education for the Other’, examining the positioning of minority groups within the broad context of a multicultural society and the challenge of accommodating religious convictions in a climate of increasing support for cultural assimilation.

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United Kingdom, Sweden, education policy, Muslims, human rights
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20621DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2016.1168282ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84978128526OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20621DiVA: diva2:872837
Available from: 2015-11-20 Created: 2015-11-20 Last updated: 2016-08-16Bibliographically approved

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