Op verzoek van het Indonesische tijdschrift Nazhruna: Jurnal Pendidikan Islam / Journal of Islamic Education heb ik een artikel geschreven over het islamitisch basisonderwijs in Nederland. Indonesië is met 230 miljoen moslims het grootste moslimland ter wereld. Het artikel volgt in grote lijnen twee eerdere artikelen die ik samen met Michael Merry schreef (Merry & Driessen, 2016; Driessen & Merry, 2006), aangevuld en geüpdate met de meest recente data.
Abstract: At present around 865.000 Muslims live in the Netherlands. In 1988 the first Islamic primary school was founded; now there are 61 with 15,000 students. Islamic education always has been a highly controversial topic in the Netherlands. The debate centers around the question whether the schools contribute to the integration of Muslim youth into Dutch society, or lead to isolation and segregation. This article’s goal is to entangle why and how the schools were established, the obstacles met in this process and the resulting heated societal debate, and the schools’ attainments in terms of cognitive and noncognitive student achievement. To arrive at these insights a review and analysis of the literature was conducted. The results show that Islamic schools academically achieve relatively well, that is, taking into account their largely socioeconomically disadvantaged student population. Also, they perform best on a pen-and-paper integration test. This does not mean, however, that especially populist and right-wing politicians are convinced now that all Muslim youngsters will accept the Dutch norms and values and will integrate into Dutch society.
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Geert Driessen (2021). Islamic primary schools in the Netherlands: The founding, the debate, and the outcomes. Nazhruna: Jurnal Pendidikan Islam / Journal of Islamic Education, 4(1), 18-31. DOI 10.31538/nzh.v4i1.1076