Music and Performing Arts

Music Education and Muslims

Diana Harris, Stoke on Trent, UK and Sterling, USA: Trentham Books, 2006. 149 pages.

Diana Harris presents her research on teaching music to Muslim students in the United Kingdom. She argues that music educators have to take into account that music is a sensitive issue formany Muslims. The fact that music education is compulsory for British pupils until the age of fourteen presents an ethical dilemma for those who, for religious reasons, do not feel comfortable participating in music classes. With this book, the author intends to help state schoolteachers understand the history and position of music in Islam and help teachers in state and independent Islamic schools provide music classes that their students might find more acceptable.

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