Aaron Ghiloni succeeds in raising important insights that advance the ongoing practical theological conversation. . . Ghiloni opens exciting possibilities for including new interdisciplinary dimensions, as well as the potential for gaining layers of unanticipated insights from other religious traditions that have typically not been sufficiently explored. . . . Ghiloni certainly succeeds in reaching a broad audience interested in Islam, as well as specialist readers who are interested in the theory of education as a bridge to existing religious traditions. Moreover, he makes an important contribution by identifying the importance of an approach that remains rigorous, while simultaneously open for multiple perspectives ‘even as far away as China’, which certainly has the potential to enrich the field of practical theology with unexpected, yet significant new insights.
Aaron J. Ghiloni did not merely write a book, but crystallises a unique methodology of intellectual writing. . . . I found Ghiloni is like a bee, which collects pollen from every flower. He sought the wisdom of educational pedagogy in the East and West, then collected it from anywhere he could find it. His book does not neglect the heart, while also addressing the mind. . . . Islam as Education: Pedagogies of Pilgrimage, Prophecy, and Jihad sheds light on the discipline of educational pedagogy by injecting wisdom into a universal language of teaching. The book can be a handbook for any teacher or educator who believes in educational values. This book can trigger more research in the field of educational pedagogy.
Islam as Education: Pedagogies of Pilgrimage, Prophecy, and Jihad is a well-structured, uniquely written, valuable scholarly contribution to the fields of Islamic education, theology and intercultural communication. . . . Ghiloni’s writing style is unique, almost as if a poet is posing as a theologian. . . . Ghiloni’s work is a welcome addition to the fields of Islamic education, theology and intercultural communication. It is well-structured, very informative and delightfully written.