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Book News: Islam as Education: Pedagogies of Pilgrimage, Prophecy, and Jihad

Islam as Education: Pedagogies of Pilgrimage, Prophecy, and JihadCongratulations to PaCT Fellow Dr Aaron J. Ghiloni whose book Islam as Education: Pedagogies of Pilgrimage, Prophecy, and Jihad has been published by Fortress Academic. Dr Ghiloni was supported by PaCT to publish the book. The book publishers state:

Motivated by the intellectual historian Shahab Ahmed’s observation that “the history of Islamic paideia has yet to be written,” Islam as Education explores multiple forms that the search for knowledge and the transmission of wisdom have taken in Islam, focusing on the classical period (800–1500 CE). Ghiloni draws on a wide range of Islamic primary source material, ranging from sacred texts and parables to neglected pedagogical literature and paintings. He depicts three Islamic religious practices—pilgrimage, prophecy, and jihad—as modes of pedagogy: embodied ways of defining, defusing, and defending sacred knowledge.

Islam as Education’s educational heuristic not only aids in understanding Islam, but also provides guidance for intercultural and interreligious relations. Ghiloni argues that Islam’s grand ╩┐ilm (knowledge) tradition serves as a bridge between Muslims and non-Muslims, and compares it with the educational theory of John Dewey, the celebrated American pragmatist. Based on this discussion, a final chapter develops practical tools for learning from cultural and religious difference.

Dr Ghiloni has also had a journal article published in Religions 10, no 9 (2019) titled “Teaching Democracy by Teaching Supernaturalism.” PaCT supported Dr Ghiloni to publish the journal article as well.