Social Development of Muslim Children in the Western Context

Term Paper, 2011

7 Pages, Grade: A


Social Development of Muslim Children in the Western Context


Within the perspective of social and behavioral sciences, the study of socialization (or social development) has occupied a central space. A commonly accepted definition of socialization has been given by Brim. (Ahmad and Szpara 295-301)

In his definition, Brim has stated that, socialization can be defined as a process through which the individuals acquire necessary skills, abilities and disposition that enable them to become an effective or ineffective part of the society. (Ahmad and Szpara 295-301)

In the Islamic context, the process of socialization is entirely guided by the laws and regulations that are dictated in the Holy Quran and Sunnah. The process of social development of Muslims become very complex when it occurs in a non-Muslim or western context. (Imtiaz 1-5)

This complexity is attributable to the following three major factors:

- The intercultural differences and the difference in the core beliefs that Muslim children confront in the Western society. (Ahmad and Szpara 295--301)
- The difference between the teachings that Muslim children receive from their families and educational institutions. (Halstead 312-326)
- The deteriorating image of Islam and Muslims after the attacks of 11th September 2001 and the negative image of Muslims constructed by the western media. (Reed 1-18)

Social Development of Muslim Children

According to the studies conducted by Vertovec and Rogers’ (1998), as quoted in the research of Kabir (2008), ‘young Muslims’ cultural values in various European countries is an amalgam of family and Muslim community values with those of the wider community’ (Kabir 3--5)

The Muslim youth generally face complications while socializing in the western society due to the difference in the values that are instilled in their minds by their elders and the values that are constructed in their minds due to the encounters and interactions with the local geography, peer relationships, schooling, and leisure activities. (Sirin and Balsano 109--111)

As a result of the above mentioned differences the young Muslims are often reminded of their Islamic identity and ethnic rules and regulations inside their homes, whereas, in the outside world the Muslim children struggle very hard to find an appropriate place in the wider Western society, which is quite different from their religious society. (Sirin and Balsano 109--111)


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