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Education of Tolerance: An Analysis of the UAE Islamic Education Curriculum

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is composed of over 200 nationalities, with various religious and ethnic backgrounds. In light of this, tolerance is essential for fostering a cohesive and peaceful society.  Among other factors, education plays a primary role in instilling the values of peace, tolerance, and coexistence.The Islamic Education curriculum in the UAE promotes the notion of tolerance as a core tenant across different grade levels. However, the teaching approaches and the conceptualization of tolerance has not been investigated.

This Majlis presents the findings of a study of grades’ 10, 11, and 12 textbooks, teaching practices, and curriculum that looks at how the concept of tolerance is promoted and perceived by students.

This is of relevance as the status of Islamic studies instruction internationally has been debated due to its link to religious intolerance and the fueling of extremist views.

Dr. Mariam Alhashmi is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi. Her main research areas include Islamic education, teacher education and growth, tolerance in Islamic education, and Islamic education pedagogy and curriculum.

Dr. Naved Bakali is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the American University in Dubai. He also serves as a Research Fellow with Tabah Foundation in Abu Dhabi, is a non-resident Research Fellow with Trends Research and Advisory, and is a Research Affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.

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Start Date End Date Time
November 06, 2019November 06, 20195:00-7:00