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date: 16 May 2021

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This chapter describes efforts by the Muslim community in the United States to educate Muslims and the public about Islam. Historical background on the earliest forms of teaching in mosques, homes, and Islamic schools is introduced. The chapter surveys the most numerous Muslim educational institutions in the United States, namely, weekend schools and K‒12 full-time Islamic schools, analyzing issues such as the number of schools in operation, their curriculum, accreditation, physical plant, teacher certification, and funding. Other institutional developments surveyed include homeschooling, design and publication of educational media, higher education, and online education. Finally, teaching about Islam in US public schools is discussed in terms of the First Amendment guidelines, a voluntary framework for all religious curricula and standards as well as the textbooks that provide the content to which students are exposed.

Keywords: accreditation, curriculum, educational media, full-time Islamic schools, homeschooling, K‒12, mosque/masjid, teacher certification, First Amendment guidelines, weekend schools

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