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Education: Women's Religious: Canada
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An authentic ḥadīth of the Prophet Muḥammad states: “It is the duty of every Muslim male or female to seek knowledge and education (even if it entails traveling long distances).” Characteristically, Muslims have placed great importance on education that included religion, sciences, the arts, and other technical fields. The same valuing of knowledge continues to this day.

In Canada, for early Muslims the only avenue to teach their children Islam was to establish Sunday schools in home basements and community centers. As Islamic centers and mosques were…

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Siddiqui, Shahina, “Education: Women's Religious: Canada”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0256b>
First published online: 2009

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