Den private religion: Fortolkninger af muslimske børns religiøse tilhørsforhold i en dansk folkeskole

  • Marianne Holm Pedersen
Nøgleord: folkeskolen, muslimer, tilhørsforhold, religion

Resumé

While the teaching of religion in the Danish folkeskole is a widely debated issue, there is little knowledge about how parents of Muslim background relate to the role of religion in the children’s daily school life. This article explores the meanings that teachers and parents at a school in the Danish province attribute to Muslim children’s religious backgrounds. Based on interviews with school leadership, teachers, parents and children, it particularly examines how they interpret the course ‘knowledge of Christianity’ and how they view the division of responsibility for teaching children about religion. It argues that while both parents and teachers understand religious belonging as a private matter that does not concern the school, they have different understandings of what this means and what it should imply for the children’s participation in school activities. The article further argues that the so-called encounter between ‘Muslim practices’ and ‘Danish values’ rather constitutes yet another example of negotiations that have always taken place in modern Danish society between the institutions of family and school.

Forfatterbiografi

Marianne Holm Pedersen
Marianne Holm Pedersen er seniorforsker i Nationalsamlingsafdelingen (Dansk Folkemindesamling) på Det Kongelige Bibliotek. Med en baggrund som antropolog har hun i en årrække forsket i temaer relateret til hverdagsliv, tilhørsforhold og religiøsitet blandt muslimske flygtninge og indvandrere i Danmark. Hun er blandt andet forfatter til bogen Iraqi women in Denmark: Ritual performance and belonging in everyday life (Manchester University Press, 2014).
Publiceret
2017-02-05
Citation/Eksport
Pedersen, M. (2017). Den private religion: Fortolkninger af muslimske børns religiøse tilhørsforhold i en dansk folkeskole. Tidsskrift for Islamforskning, 8(2), 57-76. https://doi.org/10.7146/tifo.v8i2.25336