Islamic Education in the United States

Book Forum
February 1, 2018
12:00PM to 1:30PM EST
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute
Featuring Sabith Khan, Assistant Professor, California Lutheran University; Coauthor, Islamic Education in the United States and the Evolution of Muslim Nonprofit Institutions; and Shariq Siddiqui, Executive Director, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action; Coauthor, Islamic Education in the United States and the Evolution of Muslim Nonprofit Institutions; moderated by Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute.

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It has long been believed that the education system must assimilate new and different groups into American society. Public school assimilation efforts, however, have often been wrenching for students and families, seemingly based on an assumption that some groups will refuse to assimilate or will even rebel against prevailing norms. This worry has animated opposition to school choice and may be particularly acute when it comes to Muslims, especially since 9/11. But are fears that Islamic schools may be failing to Americanize—or worse, are teaching things antithetical to American values—borne out in reality? This new book, incorporating national survey data on Islamic schools, in-depth interviews with Islamic school leaders, and more, begins to answer that question.