De-colonizing English Language Education in Iran: The need for Islamic educational heritage

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD Candidate, Alzahra university

2 Associate Professor, Alzahra University

3 Associate Professor, Al-Zahra university


The monopoly of Western ideologies, theories and methods through English language education as well as the marginalization of Islamic values in English language learning materials has caused heated debates and controversies among Muslim TEFL scholars. In a descriptive and interpretive analysis, this study attempts to bring light to some theoretical issues pertained to language education and Islamic education in a historical mode hoping to pave the way for further exploration of Islamic heritage in English language education theory and practice. The study also calls for designing English literacy programs in light of the Islamic education theories and methods, and urges Muslim TEFL scholars to restructure English language education in a way that meets the demands of an Islamic education. Thus, it first looks at the roots where Islamic education has guided many intellectual movements including language education. Secondly, it reviews the colonial era in which western education has created a gap between the glorious Islamic past and through its language superiority. Then, it explores the awakening movements that call for reunion and return to our ‘true selves’ in education, in general and in language education, in particular. It is hoped that the present work may pave the way for further exploration of Islamic heritage in English language education theory and practice.


Article Title [فارسی]

بومی‌سازی آموزش زبان در ایران: نیاز به میراث تربیتی اسلامی

Authors [فارسی]

  • راضیه فاطمی 1
  • سوسن قهرمانی قاجار 2
  • شهلا بختیاری 3
1 دانشجوی دکترای دانشگاه الزهرا
2 دانشیار، دانشگاه الزهرا
3 دانشیار، دانشگاه الزهرا
Abstract [فارسی]

از آنجا که در آموزش زبان انگلیسی منحصراً از ایده‌ها، تئوری‌ها و شیوه‌های غربی استفاده می‌شود  و ارزشهای اسلامی در محتوای آموزشی انگلیسی به حاشیه رفته است، بحث‌ها و چالش‌هایی از سوی  محققان مسلمان رشته آموزش زبان مطرح شده است. تحقیق حاضر با رویکردی تاریخی به توصیف و تحلیل مباحث تئوری آموزش زبان و تربیت اسلامی می‌پردازد به این امید که راهی برای مطالعه بیشتر تربیت اسلامی در تئوری و عمل آموزش زبان باز کند. همچنین، تحقیق حاضر، محققان مسلمان آموزش زبان انگلیسی را به بازبینی و بازطراحی رشته تحصیلی بر مبنای دیدگاه‌ها و روش‌ها و تئوری‌های تربیت اسلامی فرا می‌خواند.  بنابراین، در مرحله اول به  بررسی ریشه‌های ما که تربیت اسلامی منجر به شکوفایی تمدن اسلامی شده پرداخته می‌شود. در مرحله دوم دوران استعمار که مسلمانان از ریشه‌هایشان فاصله گرفتند و آموزش‌های غربی برتری خود را به مسلمانان تحمیل کرد مورد بررسی قرار می‌گیرد. و در نهایت جنبش‌های روشنگرانه‌ای که بازگشت به خویشتن در آموزش به صورت اعم و در زبان انگلیسی به صورت اخص را درخواست دارند، بررسی و مطالعه می‌شود. امید است که مطالعه حاضر، راه را برای استفاده از تربیت اسلامی در آموزش زبان هموار سازد.

Keywords [فارسی]

  • جنبش‌های روشنگرانه
  • آموزش زبان انگلیسی
  • تربیت اسلامی
  • محققان مسلمان آموزش زبان انگلیسی
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