Muslim Community Lobby Ireland is an independent organization established 1st May 2007. Its motto is TO USE THE VOTE RIGHTLY AND TO RAISE THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY AWARNESS WITH THEIR RIGHTS AND TO PROMOTE TOLERANCE AND UNDERSTANDING OF OTHER EXISTING GROUPS. لترشيد استعمال الصوت الانتخابي ولتوعية وتعريف المسلمين بحقوقهم في ايرلندا وان يعيشوا بتفهم للواقع وللجماعات الاخرى الموجودة على الساحة

Monday, February 7, 2011

Study of Religions Department History of Islam in Ireland Seminar Series

The Establishment of Muslim
Schools in the West:
Religion, Identity and the Role of
Prof Marie Parker-Jenkins
University of Limerick
Why have Muslim schools been established in the West during the last two decades? What
does the growth of Muslim schools suggest about the existing provision of government
schools, and more controversially, should educational institutions based on an Islamic ethos
be funded from the public purse? Drawing on my research on Muslim schools in the UK and
elsewhere in non-Islamic states, I explore key discourses surrounding the expansion of the
educational landscape to include Muslim schools. In the Republic of Ireland, where the
Muslim population is just over 32,000, there are currently two Muslim schools with plans for
a further five to accommodate the educational needs of Muslim children. This raises
overlapping issues about personal choice, religious identity and the role of education in an
increasingly multi-faith, multi-ethnic Ireland.
Marie Parker-Jenkins is Professor of Education at the University of Limerick.
3 February 2011, 1pm
ORB 1.01
Fáilte roimh chách / All welcome
For further information: Dr Oliver Scharbrodt, 021-490 2895,