A conversational analysis of developments in religious education in Europe and in Turkey

Genç M. F. , Ter Avest I., Miedema S., Westerman W.

BRITISH JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, vol.34, pp.281-297, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01416200.2011.649346
  • Page Numbers: pp.281-297


This contribution is focusing on the question: 'In what way is the issue of religious education in general and Islamic religious education in particular articulated in Europe and in Turkey, and what can be learned from the respective articulations for the interreligious dialogue?' In the first section, the historical context is presented that makes up the diversity and situatedness of models of religious education (RE) in Europe, and its relation to citizenship education. Then the role of Islam in RE in Europe is addressed. In particular, Islam and RE/Islamic RE in the Dutch context is highlighted. In the second section, the Turkish educational system is described from the Ottoman Empire to the Republican Era, including the position of Islam. Turkey's present day secularised educational system is presented and the changed position of Islam in education. In the third section, the authors introduce the concept of 'conversational analysis' by using 'European tinted lenses' to further explore the Turkish articulation of Islam in education, and 'Turkish tinted lenses' to explore the European articulation with regard to Islam in RE. Concluding, some interesting aspects are emphasised where European and Turkish educators can learn from and with each other, and some recommendations for further research are given.