Madrasah in Singapore: Tradition and modernity in religious education

Abstract: The educational policies of the Singapore government are drivenby the needs of a modern knowledge-based society and economic development,with the state advocating modernity while the Muslim minority, arguably,appeared to be caught in tradition and holding on to ìold fashionedî education.However, whether the new attempts at modernizing madrasah education drivenby the state will succeed remains to be seen, as earlier attempts of reformationdriven by the Muslim community, or parts thereof, have been ratherunsuccessful. This paper analyses the discourse between tradition andmodernity of Islamic religious education in Singapore.

Keywords: Singapore, madrasah, reformation, modernization, tradition

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