Chapter 6: Interlocutors of tradition or signposts of the future of Islam in America? Islamic schools in the US
Using data from 20 interviews with principals and board members of Islamic schools, this chapter builds a mid-range theory on how these schools have grown and the factors that have been responsible for their specific evolution in American society. While earlier studies of Islamic schools have focused on identity and curricula, we focus on organizational identity and community support for these schools, in an effort to understand and analytically frame the factors responsible for the rapid growth of such schools and what makes them unique. Using a Grounded Theory approach, we offer a theory of how these schools see themselves, their role in American societies and what strategies they have adopted to survive and thrive.
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