The case for an Islamic school in Nashville, Tennessee

Amin Salman, Tennessee State University


The Muslim community in Nashville established an Islamic school in 1996. The current school can accommodate students from kindergarten to sixth grade. The Kurds, numbering more than 10,000, started their own quest to establish a full-time Islamic school in 2006. Reviewing the literature concentrated on the three factors that affected the establishment of a full-time Islamic school. These factors are: The faith and how it motivates the followers to excel in pursuing the task of establishing the school, the historical background of the Muslims in this country and locally, and the public schools and their influence on the Muslim children. Parent survey and individual interviews were used to gauge the Muslim community’s support for the establishment of a full-time Islamic school in Nashville. Descriptive statistics and interpretational analysis were applied to the data collected through the surveys. The participants supported the establishment of the school to pass their belief and culture to their children, to protect the children’s Islamic identity, and to shield the children from the negative influences of public schools. The participants wanted the curriculum at the school to include subjects such as Qur’an memorization, Arabic language, Islamic history, academic excellence, moral values, and civic duties.

Subject Area

Religious education|Curriculum development

Recommended Citation

Amin Salman, "The case for an Islamic school in Nashville, Tennessee" (2008). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3341910.