Hoe geven we les in en over de islam?

Islam op school in Vlaanderen en Nederland


  • Welmoet Boender Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Leni Franken Centrum Pieter Gillis, Universiteit Antwerpen/Erasmushogeschool Brussel




How do we teach about and into Islam in Flemish and Dutch schools? This is the leading question of this special issue of Religie & Samenleving. Its relevance must be understood against recent societal developments (secularization, increasing religious diversity) as well as against pedagogical-didactical developments about teaching about, teaching into and teaching from religion in governmental and non-governmental (denominational) schools. This introductory essay elaborates on the historical and legal background of formal Islamic religious education in Belgium (Flanders) and in the Netherlands. Hereto, we first outline the constitutional frameworks in both countries, in which the provision of government-subsidized religious education should fall. Subsequently, we describe the organization of Islamic religious education, which in the Netherlands is mainly offered at Islamic schools, while in Belgium it is a subject facilitated by the government in official schools. We also show how Catholic schools in Flanders have reflected on a suitable offer for the increasing number of pupils with a Muslim background in these schools. We end our introduction by showing how in recent years, teacher education institutions in both countries have invested in preparing their students for teaching about or in Islam.

Biografieën auteurs

Welmoet Boender, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Welmoet Boender (MA Islamologie, MA culturele antropologie, PhD Religiewetenschappen) is universitair docent islam en religiestudies aan de Faculteit Religie en Theologie aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Zij is opleidingsdirecteur van de Bachelor programma’s van de faculteit en tevens verbonden als stafmedewerker aan het Centrum voor Islamitische Theologie. Haar werk richt zich op de rol en opleiding van moslim religieuze professionals, in het bijzonder imams, en de ontwikkeling van islamitische theologie aan West-Europese universiteiten.

Leni Franken, Centrum Pieter Gillis, Universiteit Antwerpen/Erasmushogeschool Brussel

Leni Franken (MA godsdienstwetenschappen, MA/PhD filosofie) is als onderwijsbegeleider verbonden aan het Centrum Pieter Gillis (Universiteit Antwerpen). Als senior onderzoeker publiceert zij onder meer over kerk-staatfinanciering, overheidsneutraliteit, levensbeschouwelijke vakken, vrijheid van onderwijs, en godsdienstvrijheid. Daarnaast is zij als gastdocent verbonden aan de Erasmushogeschool in Brussel.





Boender, W., & Franken, L. (2022). Hoe geven we les in en over de islam? Islam op school in Vlaanderen en Nederland. Religie &Amp; Samenleving, 17(3), 173–197. https://doi.org/10.54195/RS.13312
Received 2022-11-14
Published 2022-11-17