: Islamic educaTION
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ROFIQAH PUTRI HAUNAN
NURUL FARATIAH FARID
PENDIDIKAN BAHASA INGGRIS SEMESTER V
EXCELLENCE OF ISLAMIC EDUCATION
BY JEREMY HENZELL-THOMAS
1. BIOGRAPHY OF JEREMY HANZELL-THOMAS
Dr. Jeremy Henzell-Thomas is Executive Director of The Book Foundation, a registered UK charity involved in the development of Islamic education programs, the sponsorship of Islamic art, and the publication of major works of Islamic spirituality which bring to light the universal message of Islam. He has also served as the first Chairman of the Board of FAIR, the UK Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism, from 2001-2003, and as Deputy Chairman of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS UK). Since 1996, he has collaborated with Dr. Ahmed Moustafa in the field of Islamic art, writing catalogue texts and other essays about Dr. Moustafas work for the artistҒs international exhibitions. In 1998, he initiated the Sarajevo Appeal Fund which involved 7,000 British schoolchildren in raising a large sum of money for the reconstruction of the war-damaged Primary Music School in Ilidza, Sarajevo, and the replacement of their musical instruments.
2. CONCEPT OF ISLAMIC EDUCATION BY JEREMY HANZELL
1. Islamic Education: Educating the Whole Person
The best Islamic education must encompass the two traditional categories of knowledge, and the hierarchical relationship between them: revealed knowledge; attained through the religious sciences; and acquired knowledge, attained through the rational, intellectual and philosophical sciences. In the worldview of tawhid (Divine Unity), knowledge is holistic and there is no compartmentalisation of knowledge into religious and secular spheres. Both types of knowledge contribute to the strengthening of faith, the former through a careful study of the revealed Word of God and the latter through a meticulous, systematic study of the world of man and nature. The perfection of the Islamic revelation embraces all the diverse aspects of the life of man and roots all of them in the Unity and Comprehensiveness of God. As Seyyed Hossein Nasr explains, Islamic education is concerned not only with the instruction and training of the mind and the transmission of knowledge (ta`lim) but also with the education of the whole being of men and women (tarbiyah). The teacher is therefore not only a muallim, a 'transmitter of knowledge' but also a murabbi, a 'trainer of souls and personalities'. "The Islamic educational system never divorced the training of the mind from that of the soul." Islamic education ideally aims to provide a milieu for the total and balanced development of every student in every sphere of learning - spiritual, moral, imaginative, intellectual, cultural, aesthetic, emotional and physical - directing all these aspects towards the attainment of a conscious relationship with God, the ultimate purpose of man's life on earth. 2. Nature
This must be an integral part of the best Islamic education, since faith itself is verified and strengthened by our observation of the displayed book of nature, with all its signs of beauty and majesty. 3. Memory and Memorisation
If one has something stored in memory then there is something there for the mind to process, a framework for new knowledge. Memorisation makes complex material accessible to the brain for subsequent processing and lifelong reflection and therefore provides a potent "database" for cognitive development. We need to ensure that memorisation, imitation, dictation, and factual "right-answer" recall in answer to closed questions, are not over-extended as learning strategies to areas where they cannot promote comprehension. 4. Seeking Knowledge, Thinking and Active Learning
A vision of a truly Islamic education sees the best schools as "thinking schools" and "active learning environments"...
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