Reimagining the Landscape of Religious Education: Challenges and Opportunities

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This book brings together new thinking and research on religious education’s complex and evolving role in the multicultural, diverse postmodern era. It facilitates new realism and understanding of the current situation from empirical and reflective accounts relating to a variety of countries and political contexts, as well as providing innovative methodological approaches to the study of education and religion. In different contexts around the world, at different levels of education, and from different theoretical lenses, religious education occupies a contested space. The ongoing, changing nature of the world due to increasing secularization, rapid technological change, mass immigration, globalization processes, conflict and challenging security issues, from inter to intra state levels, and with shifting geopolitical power balances, generates the need to reconceptualize where religious education is positioned. It claims that religious education on its own can be an agent of moral, social and spiritual transformation are disputed. There is significant controversy about whether special religious education, that is in-faith education, still has a role within the post-modern world.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages288
ISBN (Electronic)9783031201332
ISBN (Print)9783031201325
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

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  • Affective learning
  • Anti-religious Education
  • Critical thinking in Islamic Education
  • Globalization processes
  • Growing tribalism and xenophobia
  • Identity discourses in Finnish religious
  • In-faith education
  • Increasing secularization
  • Jihadist Pedagogy
  • Life Orientation in Religious Education
  • Multicultural Learning Environments in Turkey
  • Multiculturalism
  • New realism
  • Post Modern era
  • Post truth era
  • Resistance to Education in a Post Modern Climate
  • Shifting geopolitical power balances
  • Teacher Identity in a post modern world


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