1.1 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
Western education is a system originated from the west and
penetrated to the world after Islamic education in the earliest 15th
century. Its main approach was the modernization of social life through
science and technological advancement (Farid, 2005). Western system of
education was first propagated by the missionaries and promoted by
colonialist to different part of the globe, in their view for
westernization and globalization in the name of modernity. It is a
complete secular system that differentiated life and religion and
focuses on materialism. It’s also rationalistic in its quest for
knowledge as relied more on human ability of reason than spiritual
inspiration. The preparation made to man in this system was very
limited as it fall short in training only the body and the physique in
this fair of life, therefore the modern western system does not consider
the relationship between God and human as socially or intellectually
relevance, hence revelation or the revealed knowledge, they are ignored
even when modern secular subjects are introduced in the curriculum for
the traditional older system (Rosnani, 2004).
However, Islamic education is simply translated as ‘tarbiyyah al Islamiyyah’. It contained a concept of “ta alim” (instruction), tahadhib (rear or sustain) and other sub concepts like hikmah (wisdom), Adl (justice) Amanah (trust) and as the extreme is Khilafah (vicegerancy) and Ibadat (worship). The main sources in this type of education are the Quran and Hadith.
Islamic education connotes whole life approach and signifies complete
integration into man’s life, it emanation can be trace to the existence
of man on earth of the holy Quran. It is the true system that
first takes man from the darkness of ignorance and illiteracy to the
light of knowledge and education, it shapes so many relevance and
advantages not only to Muslims but to entire humanity. Islam faces
education as an act of worship and a life long process (Hashim, 2004).
Therefore, its philosophy, method, content and general curriculum are
towards human successful integrative life. Education is an art that
allows humans to accumulate every leaving experience in their life and
subsequently transmit to a new generation. In Islam, the actual
education which are required are the content of Quran and Hadith,
because these are the motivations which derives the Muslim community
so as to place due importance on advancement of knowledge which is
borne out from the Quran and Hadith. Islamic education
can also be defined as a process of nurturing and training of the
mind, the physique and the spirit of human based on Islamic values
which are sourced from the Quran and Sunnah. It is intended to bring forth humans who are God conscious and subservient only to Allah (Nor, 2012).
However, the Islamic education left many legacies
to the west as it recorded a tremendous achievement in architecture,
history, philosophy, medicine and all branches of liberal and natural
sciences. The scientific and technological advancement of the modern
world owe a lot to the research conducted by the Muslimscientist,
Islamic education also predate the western education in Nigeria and
Malaysia just as Islam has a longer history than Christianity in the
world. In Nigeria, western education has greatly influenced the teaching
of Islamic education considering the fact that most Islamic schools
now adopt some western approach of education.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The secular system considers education as an engine for
development; it sees education as the instrument of life, and believed
for education as a means of individual and national development. It
also viewed education as an element of continuous and harmonious human
existence and wellbeing just as the case in Islamic world view.
However, we may wish to consider Islamic education as a system of
education, which entails ideological concept expounding the very nature
of life (here and after), and prescribing the position of man and his
role on earth. It is important to note that Islamic education is not
synonymous with Islamic studies, which is just a subject in the
Nigerian western-oriented educational system. The basic discernible
difference is that Islamic studies is an academic subject offered in a
formal school setting. Western education started winning popularity as a
result of the patronage. Nasiru (1977) advances some other reasons for
the prosperity of the Western education in Nigeria, namely, the
payment of a monthly salary to the teachers from the parent body of the
mission abroad, as against the economically strapped Mallamswho
depended on voluntary gifts from the public as a means for their
survival. Also the free education programme of the Christian
missionaries towards western education development was elaborate than
that of the Muslims, as they received financial and moral aid from
Europe and could afford to give out books, slates, and writing
materials freely to the students. In addition to this, appointments
into government offices were made from the rank and file of school
leavers and not the students of Islamic schools. On graduation, they
could only perform at Islamic social gatherings like naming, marriage
and burial programmes. However, the researcher seeks to analyze the
impact of western education in the teaching of Islamic education.
1.3 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
The general objective of this study is to examine the impact of
western education on the teaching of Islamic education and the
following are the specific objectives:
- To examine the impact of western education on the teaching of Islamic education.
- To identify the differences between western education and Islamic education.
- To examine the factors that favour western education over Islamic education.
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
- What is the impact of western education on the teaching of Islamic education?
- What are the differences between western education and Islamic education?
- What are the factors that favour western education over Islamic education?
HO: Western education does not influence the teaching of Islamic education
HA: Western education does influence the teaching of Islamic education
1.6 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The following are the significance of this study:
- This study will be useful for the general public has it will
enlighten on how western education has influenced the teaching of
Islamic education by considering the factors that gave western
education popularity over the Islamic education.
- This research will also serve as a resource base to other
scholars and researchers interested in carrying out further research in
this field subsequently, if applied, it will go to an extent to
provide new explanation to the topic.
1.7 SCOPE/LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY
This study on the impact of western education on the teaching of
Islamic education will cover all the activities that promoted the fast
growth and adoption of western education by the general public. This
study will also consider its impact on the teaching and general output
of Islamic education.
LIMITATION OF STUDY
Financial constraint- Insufficient fund tends to
impede the efficiency of the researcher in sourcing for the relevant
materials, literature or information and in the process of data
collection (internet, questionnaire and interview).
Time constraint- The researcher will
simultaneously engage in this study with other academic work. This
consequently will cut down on the time devoted for the research work.
1.8 DEFINITION OF TERMS
Education: the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school
Western: originating from the West, in particular Europe or the United States. "Western society"
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