Madrasah Education in Secular, Modern and Multicultural Singapore: Challenges and Reforms


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Title Madrasah Education in Secular, Modern and Multicultural Singapore: Challenges and Reforms
Creator Helmiati, Helmiati; Universitas Islam Negeri Sultan Syarif Kasim Riau
Subject Challenges, Islamic education, Knowledge-Based Economy, Madrasah Education, Reform, Singapore
Description Madrasah education has become a major concern for secular, modern and pluralist Singapore due to government’s deep-seated anxiety about whether the Islamic school graduates can contribute to the national economy and integrate into national cohesion. This article aims at exploring the challenges and reform of madrasah education within the secular, modern, and multicultural state. Data of this qualitative study were collectedfrom official documents and websites, literature review, and interviews. Some data and relevant literature are then presented and analyzed. It is found that madrasah education has constantly been perceived in a negative nuance due to its insignificant contribution to the country’s knowledge-based economy. The orthodox and conservative education system in madrasahs is also viewed as hindering Singapore’s racial and religious cohesion. These challenges then force Singaporean Muslims to reform its madrasahs by changing the orientation, revamping the system, improving quality, instilling national cohesion and increasing the funding. This study implies that reformation in Islamic education would be successful when stakeholders innovatively negotiating the pressures brought by the politics and the national government and adjusting to the identity and aspiration of local society.     
Publisher Universitas Darussalam Gontor
Date 2021-07-13
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Source TSAQAFAH; Vol 17, No 1 (2021): Islamic Education
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 TSAQAFAH

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