Since the early 1980s, several Muslim communities have attempted to create indigenous Muslim American institutions of higher learning. Many of the first attempts failed to sustain their operations beyond a few years; and until recently, none could attain accreditation. Since early 2000, a second wave of Islamic postsecondary institutions has emerged. This paper analyzes the circumstances that initiated one of these institutions, Respect Graduate School (RGS), by employing a qualitative case study investigation and a semi-structured individual interview protocol to examine the persons, events, philosophies, and systems significant to its founding.
The themes that emerged from this investigation include: (1) the shortage of Muslim colleges in the US, (2) theoretical conceptions of service or hizmet, (3) the strength and capacity of social networks, (4) correcting the false image of Islam, and (5) the diversity of Islamic Studies.
The findings of this study constitute three original contributions to the topic. First, it provides an account of an institution that is part of the second wave of Muslim colleges founded in the US. Second, it examines a new category of Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). Third, it documents the emergence of a postsecondary Gülen-Inspired Schools (GIS) to be founded in the US. Based on these findings, the study recommends further studies on the establishment of Islamic colleges and universities in the US. Moreover, a comprehensive compilation of the history of Islamic post-secondary institutions is also suggested.
|Commitee:||Cole, Darnell, Kaplan, Eric|
|School:||University of Pennsylvania|
|Department:||Higher Education Management|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Islamic Studies, Education, Religious education, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Gülen-Inspired Schools (GIS), Islamic higher education, Islamic postsecondary institutions, Islamic studies, Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), Religiously affiliated colleges and universities|
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