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Title: Pedagogy of Adab : a debt to the divine - navigating spiritual pedagogy
Author: Rafiq, Nazlin
Degree Master of Arts - MA
Program Curriculum Studies
Copyright Date: 2006
Abstract: Pedagogy of Adab¹: A Debt to the Divine is centered on a pedagogical atmosphere suggesting that there is a particular form of respect, caring and love exhibited in Muslim teachers. It is the purpose of this pedagogy to illuminate central aspects of adab as pillars of Islam, a way of life revealed through the last revelation, the Holy Qur'an and from the experience and example of Prophet Muhammad pbuh, the last and final Messenger of Islam. Through these means Muslim educators exhibit excellence in adab. Particularly, they demonstrate five characteristics: an embodiment of the maternal and paternal, self-sacrifice and service due to a feeling of indebtedness of existence, making beauty, a shared preservation of the worlds, and a genuine and urgent sense of accountability to a Higher Being. Moreover, this is completed with an ethic of love. Beautifying adab is part of a spiritual science learned by Muslim teachers in particular and Muslims in general. Pedagogy of Adab also outlines the rapid disconnection of spiritual communities in our secular school and deconstructs the dominating education worldview prevalent in our schools today. Then the thesis shifts to the learning centers of West Africa. A closer examination of the expansion of knowledge of West African teachers provides a proven model of holistic teaching and learning. Within the study of the West African learning centers, the thesis emphasizes the Islamic perspective on knowledge and the importance of the teacher - student relationship. This thesis is a discussion that propels spiritual pedagogy as an urgent leader in witnessing knowledge as a gift to humankind. The struggle for spirituality in education is never separate from the general struggle for social, national, economic and spiritual liberation of all people. The lessons of my experience growing up as a Muslim student and educator in Canada through narrative inquiry will be explored. Sharing how and why Muslim teachers embody exemplary adab in educating the whole child, will serve the main vision - to rediscover a forgotten pedagogy - the pedagogy of adab - as it serves as a catalyst for the empowerment and liberation of all spiritual beings. ¹Adab will be examined more deeply in Chapter Five. For a quick reference, adab is courtesy or respect or manners to show the right conduct at the right time at the right place in relations with others, oneself and ultimately with God. It is this and much more than this.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/32247
Series/Report no. UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]
Scholarly Level: Graduate

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