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


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Title Madrasah Education in Secular, Modern and Multicultural Singapore: Challenges and Reform
Creator Helmiati, Helmiati; UIN Sultan Syarif Kasim Riau
Subject Challenges, Islamic education, Knowledge-Based Economy, Madrasah Education, Reform, Singapore
Description Madrasah education has become a major concern for Singapore government due to the characteristic of Singapore as a secular, modern and pluralist state, coupled with the government’s deep-seated anxiety whether the Islamic school graduates can contribute to 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. Collecting data from official documents and websites, literature review, and interviews, this study is qualitative in which some data and relevant literatures have been presented and analyzed. It finds that madrasah education has constantly been perceived in a negative nuance due to its ineffective contribution to the knowledge-based economy. The orthodox and conservative education system in the Islamic institution of education is also viewed to hinder Singapore’s racial and religious cohesion. These then force Muslims to reform the Muslim school by changing orientation, revamping the system, improving quality, instilling national cohesion and fundraising. This study implies that reformation in Islamic education would be successful by innovatively negotiating the pressures that national politics and rule present and appealing to the identity and aspiration of local society.
Publisher Universitas Darussalam Gontor
Contributor LPPM UIN Sultan Syarif Kasim Riau
Date 2021-10-11
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Format application/pdf
Source TSAQAFAH; Vol 17, No 1 (2021): Islamic Education
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 TSAQAFAH

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