NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ827893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0218-8791
They Play Soccer Too!--"Madrasah" Education in Multicultural Singapore
Ling, Ooi Giok; Fui, Chee Min
Asia Pacific Journal of Education, v27 n1 p73-84 Mar 2007
Muslim education, particularly in rapidly globalising Singapore, has had to negotiate changes which both the education sector specifically and society generally have faced. Some of these changes have challenged "madrasahs", which provide Muslim religious education, to introduce new curriculum. Yet other changes are challenging the nature of the educational process that "madrasahs" are offering and which makes them unique in the educational sector. In recent years, the spotlight has been turned on Singapore's "madrasahs"--in part because of the drive by the state to meet the demands of the global economy. This paper considers the policies and other initiatives that have indicated changes and responses from "madrasahs", including the effort that grassroots organisations have been mounting to promote racial harmony. If the state has focused on introducing mainstream curriculum into "madrasahs" in the bid to integrate the education of their students more closely with that of students in national schools, grassroots organisations have worked to promote interactions of "madrasah" students with those from national schools in activities such as sport. The dilemmas of change which "madrasahs" face concern the very basis of their existence as institutions of religious thought and teachings. (Contains 3 notes.)
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore