Coping with Tradition and Secular Literacy: Higher Education as a Site of Hope and Anguish – A Case Study

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Abstract

The aim of this research is to analyze how a religious Muslim woman copes with secular studies in a religious university setting in Israel. Through a comprehensive case study, the article will uncover the major socialization agents that have meaningful influence on her academic and religious life and how exposure to higher education influences her religious definition, values, and worldview. Arab society is principally a traditional, religious, and patriarchal society, and this fact has wide-reaching ramifications on various aspects of the individual. Thus, it is assumed that the exposure of religious Muslim women to a university setting and especially to secular literacy, which is a modern arena, challenges her traditional religious definition and outlook and serves as a meaningful agent of change and transformation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer International Handbooks of Education
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages497-514
Number of pages18
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NameSpringer International Handbooks of Education
VolumePart F1708
ISSN (Print)2197-1951
ISSN (Electronic)2197-196X

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023.

Keywords

  • Higher education
  • Literacy
  • Muslim woman
  • Religion
  • Secularism

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