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The Routledge International Handbook of Religious Education

Edited by: Davis , Elena Miroshnikova

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415536301
eBook ISBN: 9780203106075
Adobe ISBN: 9781136256424

10.4324/9780203106075
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How and what to teach about religion is controversial in every country. The Routledge International Handbook of Religious Education is the first book to comprehensively address the range of ways that major countries around the world teach religion in public and private educational institutions.

It discusses how three models in particular seem to dominate the landscape. Countries with strong cultural traditions focused on a majority religion tend to adopt an "identification model," where instruction is provided only in the tenets of the majority religion, often to the detriment of other religions and their adherents. Countries with traditions that differentiate church and state tend to adopt a "separation model," thus either offering instruction in a wide range of religions, or in some cases teaching very little about religion, intentionally leaving it to religious institutions and the home setting to provide religious instruction. Still other countries attempt "managed pluralism," in which neither one, nor many, but rather a limited handful of major religious traditions are taught. Inevitably, there are countries which do not fit any of these dominant models and the range of methods touched upon in this book will surprise even the most enlightened reader.

Religious instruction by educational institutions in 53 countries and regions of the world are explored by experts native to each country. These chapters discuss:

  • Legal parameters in terms of subjective versus objective instruction in religion
  • Constitutional, statutory, social and political contexts to religious approaches
  • Distinctions between the kinds of instruction permitted in elementary and secondary schools versus what is allowed in institutions of higher learning.
  • Regional assessments which provide a welcome overview and comparison.

This comprehensive and authoritative volume will appeal to educators, scholars, religious leaders, politicians, and others interested in how religion and education interface around the world.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Religious education in Argentina Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Religious education in Asia Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Religious education in Australia Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Religious education in Austria Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Religious education in Azerbaijan Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Religious education in Bangladesh Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Religious education in Belgium Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Religious education in Brazil Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Religious education in Canada Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Religious education in China Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Religious education in Colombia Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Religious education in Estonia Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Religious education in the European Union Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Religious education in Finland Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Religious education in France Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Religious education in Germany Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Religious education in Greece Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Religious education in Hungary Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Religious education in India Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Religious education in Indonesia Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Religious education in Ireland Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Religious education in Israel Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Religious education in Italy Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Religious education in Japan Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Religious education in Kazakhstan Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Religious education in Latin America Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Religious education in Latvia Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Religious education in Lithuania Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Religious education in Malaysia Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Religious education in Mexico Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Religious education in Nepal Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Religion and education in Norway Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Religious education in Pakistan Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Religious education in Peru Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Religious education in Poland Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Religious education in Portugal Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Religious education in Romania Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Religious education in modern Russia Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Religious education in Scotland Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Religious education in Senegal Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Religious education in the Slovak Republic Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Religious education in the Republic of Slovenia Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Religious education in South Africa Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Religious education in Spain Download PDF
Chapter  45:  Religious education in Sudan Download PDF
Chapter  46:  Religious education in Sweden Download PDF
Chapter  47:  Religious education in Switzerland Download PDF
Chapter  48:  Religious education in Syria Download PDF
Chapter  49:  Religious education in Ukraine Download PDF
Chapter  50:  Religious education in the United Kingdom Download PDF
Chapter  51:  Religious education in the United States of America Download PDF
Chapter  52:  Religious education in Uruguay Download PDF
Chapter  53:  Religious education in Vietnam Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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