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Islamic Education In Zanzibar: The Development Of The Canon

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This chapter starts with a presentation of some major characteristics of Islamic education from a conceptual perspective, and then proceeds to major trends of Islamic education in history, taking India and Egypt as examples. India and Egypt have been chosen since initiatives of reform in these countries had model character for many Muslim societies from the 18th century onward, and have consequently influenced the course of Islamic education in East Africa in more or less direct ways. The social background to reforms in Islamic education in East Africa is shown in a next step, before examining the structure and nature of Islamic education in Zanzibar. The chapter also focuses on the transformation of the canon of Islamic learning in Zanzibar in the early 20th and early 21st centuries.

Keywords: Egypt; India; Islamic education; Zanzibar



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