Education About Islam in Danish State Schools

Mette Buchardt*, Nanna Ramsing Enemark

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter unfolds the place of Islam within the Danish historical development of RE. The Evangelical-Lutheran Church has been state supported since the Reformation in 1536, and state and church have been closely intertwined since the stipulation of mandatory schooling in the early 19th century. The emphasis on Christianity within the school subject Religious Education (in Denmark aptly named Kristendomskundskab, Knowledge of Christianity) has changed throughout the 20th century. In 1975 the subject went from being confessional to academic, though it has in recent decades seen a revival being re-framed as a cultural component of national history. Islam is used alongside Judaism and Buddhism as a means to compare world religions to Christianity, though the culturalisation of Christianity and Islam leads to the creation of a dichotomy where Islam is placed as “the Other” compared to the Danish state and the national Evangelical-Lutheran Church.

Translated title of the contributionIslam og religionsundervisning i Danmark
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIslamic Religious Education in Europe : A Comparative Study
EditorsLeni Franken, Bill Gent
Number of pages17
Publication date20 Apr 2021
ISBN (Print)9780367353759
ISBN (Electronic)9781000378160
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2021
SeriesRoutledge Research on Religion and Education


  • Islam
  • Education
  • Education System
  • Denmark


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