Muslim Mothers and their Children's Schooling

Paper: 978 1 85856 795 2 / $41.95
Published: March 2017  

Publisher: Trentham Books
152 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/5"
This book brings the voices of Muslim mothers into the discourse on parent–school relations. What they say is essential reading for teachers, student teachers, sociology of education students, policymakers and those working with families.

Suma Din's study gives voice to over 50 women from a wide range of African, Arab and Asian backgrounds, all social classes, some of them immigrants but many of them born in the UK. They speak about the hijab, choice of schools, religious festivals, the curriculum, the Prevent strategy, sex and relationship education and much else.

The book sheds light on their identities, experiences and challenges as they support their children through state schools in Britain.

Table of Contents:
1. In sight and in mind: Finding the mother
2. Who and how?
3. Hide and seek: The re-searched and the searcher
4. Identities, education and school choice
5. Home–school relationships: From playground pariahs to inclusion governor
6. Who’s watching who? Parents’ evening, SRE and security
7. Narrative bridges

Reviews & Endorsements:
"This groundbreaking book gives us a rare and compelling insight into the views of Muslim mothers about their children's education at a time when there is a paucity of research in this area. It is an essential read for all professionals who work in education and wish to understand better the needs of the increasingly diverse pupil population they serve."
- Sameena Choudry, Founder of Equitable Education
"In the wake of the hysteria of school jihadi brides and terrorist sons this timely and well researched book ‘lifts the veil’ on the mythology of 'bad Muslim mothers' with powerful stories of love and educational commitment against the odds."
- Heidi Safia Mirza, Professor of Race, Faith and Culture, Goldsmiths, University of London