The Perception of Islam in International Imam Hatip High School Students Studying in Turkey

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DOI: 10.12738/talim.2017.1.0004

Year: 2017 Vol: 1 Number: 1

Abstract

This study has been conducted under the scope of a case study, a qualitative research method. It aims to examine the place and importance of the perception of Islam in why and how foreign exchange students chose to come and study in the International Imam Hatip High Schools, which have emerged as a new center of attention in high school education. In addition to these students not having any clear positive or negative judgments about Turkey because they’ve come here at a very young age, that all the students in the school are Muslim facilitates the research. The students themselves and nearly all their family are members of the Islamic religion. While most of the students were born into the religion of Islam, students are also found who later accepted Islam in school. A small number of the students were very well informed about Islam before they had come. Students especially prefer the International Imam Hatip High Schools for closing the gap in this area. The research was carried out in the 2016 spring semester at the Konya Mevlana International Imam Hatip High School in Anatolia. The school has 286 students. Sixty-five students from 50 countries participated in the research. Maximum variation sampling has been used by choosing group members from the students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades, whose average age is 17, in a way that would include at least one representative from the 50 countries found at the school. Interviews were held with 25 students in the study, and focus-group interviews were held with the other students. The students in the study are male. A semi-structured interview form consisting of seven questions has been used in the interviews. Every question cuts across a theme. Subject headings have been chosen according to these themes.

Keywords
Imam Hatip, Perception of Islam, Islam, Imam Hatip High Schools Model, Foreign exchange students