Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Respect Graduate School: A Descriptive Case Study on the Creation of an Islamic Postsecondary Institution
by Altieri, Ginasophia, Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2017, 116; 10683141
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gasman, Marybeth
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
Publication Number: 10683141
ISBN: 978-0-355-58901-6
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