Religion in Multicultural Education

Edited by:
Farideh Salili, The University of Hong Kong
Rumjahn Hoosain, The University of Hong Kong

A volume in the series: Research in Multicultural Education and International Perspectives. Editor(s): Fred Dervin, University of Helsinki, Finland. Zehavit Gross, Bar Ilan University.

Published 2006

The National Association for Multicultural Education in Washington, D.C., listed a number of issues that the school curriculum should address with reference to multicultural education, including racism, sexism, classism, linguicism, ablism, ageism, heterosexism, and religious intolerance. It is noteworthy that of all these issues, religion is about the only one that throughout history people are willing to die for, although whether what is at issue is really religion or other things such as territory is another matter. It is also interesting that all the others have isms in their names but religious issues are characterized by intolerance. Perhaps we should try to understand this intolerance and look at what steps might help to alleviate it.

However, while intolerance might seem a simple thing, understanding what is behind it and how it plays such a crucial role in religion requires what we refer to in the Introduction chapter as a multifaceted approach at multiple levels. It is not enough just to try to dispel stereotypes of followers of other religions, or to point out commonalities in world religions. We should, for example, try to understand and appreciate how adherents of other religions try to answer questions regarding their adaptation to the contemporary environment. It is through understanding how different religions coexist side by side at various levels that we truly come to learn about religion in multicultural education.

Preface. Introduction: Dimensions of Religion in Multicultural Education, Rumjahn Hoosain and Farideh Salili. The Other/Neighbor in World Religions: An Exploration from a Multicltural Education Perspective, H.S. Wilson. Islamic Philosophy of Education and Western Islamic Schools: Points of Tension, Michael S. Merry. Religious Diversity in Western Canadian Education: Presumptions, Provisions, Practices, and Possibilities, Kimberly Franklin and Harro Van Brummelen. Buddhism, Cultural Democracy, and Multicultural Education, Gerald W. Fry. Religious Right and “The Right Religion”: Multicultural and Educational Impacts, Cesar Rossatto and Elaine Hampton. Religious Education and Dialogue with the Religious Other in the Latina Community, Elizabeth Conde-Frazier. Unburning the Cross—Lifting the Veil on Christian Privilege and White Supermacy in the United States and Abroad: Building Multicultural Understanding of Religion, Spitituality, Faith, and Secularity in Educational and Workplace Settings, Christine Clark. Perspectives and Experiences Working with Religious Issues in U.S. Schools and Society, Binaya Subedi, Merry M. Merryfield, Khadar Bashir-Ali, and Elvan Gunel. Blessed Communion: Antiracism, Cultural Competence, and Theological Education in the United States, Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook. Reconsidering Moderate Secularism: Constructing a Language of Possibility for Religion in Public Education, Barbara K. Curry and Neil O. Houser. About the Contributors.