Islamic and Western Education Systems – Perceptions of Selected Educationists in Malaysia

Muhammad Abid Ali


This research article explores the perceptions of Muslim educationists
in Malaysia about the Islamic and the western education systems.
Views of two faculty members, who are active proponents of Islamic
education, were acquired through interviews and their perceptions
on Islamic and western education systems were analyzed and then
contrasted against the views of Dr. Syed Naquib al-Attas, who is
considered to be one of the architectsof the project of Islamization
of knowledge and education.Qualitative exploratory methodology
was followed for this research, where the views of the two educationists
were analyzed using thematic analysis,and the views of Dr. Naquib
al-Attas were derived through document analysis of his writings on
education and finally contrasted.It was revealed that there exists
a gap in the understanding of the depth of philosophical concepts
and issues of education between these educationists and Naquib al-


Islamic education, Islamization of education, Islamization of knowledge, western education

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