Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The case for an Islamic school in Nashville, Tennessee
by Salman, Amin, Ed.D., Tennessee State University, 2008, 156; 3341910
Abstract (Summary)

The Muslim community in Nashville established an Islamic school in 1996. The current school can accommodate students from kindergarten to sixth grade. The Kurds, numbering more than 10,000, started their own quest to establish a full-time Islamic school in 2006. Reviewing the literature concentrated on the three factors that affected the establishment of a full-time Islamic school. These factors are: The faith and how it motivates the followers to excel in pursuing the task of establishing the school, the historical background of the Muslims in this country and locally, and the public schools and their influence on the Muslim children. Parent survey and individual interviews were used to gauge the Muslim community’s support for the establishment of a full-time Islamic school in Nashville. Descriptive statistics and interpretational analysis were applied to the data collected through the surveys. The participants supported the establishment of the school to pass their belief and culture to their children, to protect the children’s Islamic identity, and to shield the children from the negative influences of public schools. The participants wanted the curriculum at the school to include subjects such as Qur’an memorization, Arabic language, Islamic history, academic excellence, moral values, and civic duties.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dickens, Charles
Commitee: Dunn, Mary B., Pangle, Mary Ann, Wiemers, Roger
School: Tennessee State University
Department: Teaching & Learning
School Location: United States -- Tennessee
Source: DAI-A 70/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religious education, Curriculum development
Keywords: Al-Farooq Center, Islamic Center of Nashville, Islamic school, Muslims in Nashville, Nashville International Academy, Salahadeen Center
Publication Number: 3341910
ISBN: 978-0-549-98242-5
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