Since the 1970s Egyptian society has witnessed a wave of Islamism. This tern1 refers to a surge of religious revivalism based on the precepts of Islam. This religious resurgence has been reflected and manifested in the increase in the emergence of a type of schooling knm\n as Islamic schools. Such schools aim at implementing certain goals and standards which are in-line with their ideology, in this case Islamic. The teacher is an access point between the school's administration, the Ministry of Education and the student. He or she acts as a mediator between the school (as a system, structure) and the student (as an agent, an active recipient of the messages sent out by the school). In this study, the school is an Islamic one and the teacher is the female, Moslem English language teacher. Specifically, it focuses on how six teachers at an Islamic school perceive their identities as Moslems and as teachers; and how they perceive these identities as being reflected in the school and in their teaching. Research findings have shown that there is a general tendency to view teachers largely as moral educators. However, this thesis is concerned with a more comprehensive view of their self­ identities.


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Date of Award


Online Submission Date


First Advisor

Cynthia Nelson

Committee Member 1

Cynthia Nelson

Committee Member 2

Madiha El Safty

Committee Member 3

Linda Herrerra

Document Type



144 leaves

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1


Library of Congress Subject Heading 2

Islamic education


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Call Number

Thesis 2004/59