Islamic views on relationships and education – short course (in Dutch)

‘Western’ and ‘Muslim’-families: (too?) often we look at them as opposites. Of course there are differences in how families think about partner relationships, parent-child relationships and parenting. But how do we deal with those differences? How can we raise mutual understanding and make sure that every family gets the appropriate care or assistance? The Higher Institute for Family Studies organizes a yearly short course (in Dutch) to offer you new insights in these matters.

Course programme:

Day 1: Islamic views translated and experienced

Introduction to Islam, with focus on differences in religious views and cultural practices.

In the morning: lecture by Abied Alsulaiman, doctor in Eastern Languages and Cultures, professor at the Faculty of Arts at KU Leuven (Campus Antwerpen) and head of the research group Translation technology at KU Leuven.

In the afternoon: workshops

‘Culture sensitive family assistance, with due attention for Islamic paradigma’s’
by Redouane Ben Driss, master in Psychology, psychologist-psychotherapist at Steunpunt Cultuursensitieve Zorg, CGG Laken

‘Islam in social care…? Cases and points of concern'
by Amar El-Omari, master in Psychology and psychologist and psychotherapist at CGG Brussels.


Day 2 : Relationships

Focus on partner relationships, gender roles and sexuality in Muslim families.

In the morning: lecture by Khadija Aznag, Islamologist and master in Eastern Languages and History, secretary of the interculturality board at the Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunities of the province of Vlaams-Brabant, director of the non-profit organization Caleidoscopia and consultant/trainer at EKMconsult

In the afternoon: workshops

‘Divorce in Muslim families: assistance, prevention and mediation’, by Victoria Vandersteen, freelance coach, translator, communications expert en volunteer at multiple social projects in Flanders and Brussels. Former teacher of Islamic religion.

‘The (non)sense of sexual education. Relational and sexual education in Muslim families', by Samira Azeroual, bachelor in Family Studies, teacher in Islamic religion at Stedelijk Onderwijs Antwerpen and member of the board at Kinderwerking De Brug in Borgerhout (children aged 6 to 18).


Dag 3: Raising children with the Quran

Focus on parenting, education, parent-child relationships and how to support this in an appropriate way.

In the morning: lecture by Hans Van Crombrugge, doctor in Pedagogical Sciences, senior lector at Family Sciences and researcher at the Knowledge Center of the Institute of Family Sciences (Odisee),

and Naïma Lafrarchi, jurist, eductional expert, teacher Islamic religion,  researcher at the Knowledge Center Higher Institute for Family Studies (Odisee) and lecturer in the Master Islamic Theology at KU Leuven.


In the afternoon: workshops

'Parenting support in Muslim families’, by Jamal El Boujddaini, bachelor in Family Studies and coordinator of Taimoem, a non-profit organization for Special Youth Care (De Touter)

‘Supporting Muslim youth at school’, by Khalid Benhaddou, Islamic theologist, head imam at Al Fath mosque in Ghent, director of the platform of Flemish imams; appointed by minister Crevits as coordinator of the network of Islam experts to counter radicalization in the Flemish educational system.


Who can attend?

Family assistants, counselors, educators, teachers, social workers and anyone who wants to deepen his or her insight into the dynamics of families with an Islamic background.

Practical info

Dates: Fridays 4th, 11th and 18th of March 2016

Location: Educational Center Guislain in Ghent

Fee (for all three days): 180 euro per person, and 90 euro for students (please mention your  student number!)

Registration deadline: 19th of February. Please fill in this registration form. Registration is conclusive only after payment of the fee.

This short course is offered only in Dutch!

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 09:00 to Friday, March 18, 2016 - 17:00
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