Khaled Al-Samadi & Khalid Hanafy
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5/14 Knowledge and Values Integrated for The Structure of Educational Curricula

The main article of this book provides an approach to theorize the relationship between knowledge and values in the Islamic vision and using it as a fundamental reference for building the school curricula in general. The article also presents abstracted summaries of three practical examples: the first focuses on the integration of school subjects comprising the educational curriculum in building the learners’ system of values; the second is centered on the integration of school subjects to form the school curriculum in building the conceptual map of learners; and the third discusses the way to capitalize on the integration between these two systems in building the content of each school subject for the sake of better inherent coherence that enables a subject to build bridges with other areas of knowledge.

The author argues that the Islamic education subject achieves the general aims in terms of establishing moral values, developing efficient knowledge methods, and building trans-disciplinary bridges in learning institutions. He concludes that this curriculum helps the universal view of Islam to dominate the mentality of learners as a way of life firmly connected and deeply conversant with human realities and effectively involved in response to real problems and contributing to development.

In his response to the main article, the respondent emphasized that religious education suffers a number of problems and complications that left it unable to reach its aims, achieve its ends, or keep pace with modern times. He stressed that the key foundation of the education reform process is to address the issue of separating the social and natural sciences from the Islamic sciences. He argued that the idmaj (integration) of social sciences in the Islamic sciences is vital in developing modern fiqh and usul al-fiq (jurisprudence and fundamentals of jurisprudence), empowering the work of modern mujtahid (Independent reasoner), jurists and preachers. He concluded with underlying that idmaj (integration) is a practical step on the way to the renovation of Islamic sciences.

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