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ERIC Number: EJ856898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1361-7672
Maximising the Overlapping Area: Multiculturalism and a Muslim Identity for Madrasahs in Singapore
Tan, Charlene
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v30 n1 p41-48 Apr 2009
This paper discusses the recent efforts by the Singapore government to construct a Muslim identity for the madrasahs in Singapore. By promoting a prescribed set of desired attributes for the Muslims and introducing new curriculum materials for the madrasahs, the government aspires to construct a Muslim identity that is compatible with the principle and practice of "hard multiculturalism" in Singapore. Through a content analysis of the textbooks for Islamic Social Studies used at the primary level, this paper argues that the Muslim identity that is privileged by the state is one where a "good" Muslim is a good citizen who: is well-adjusted as a full member of a secular society; is enlightened and appreciates richness of other civilisations; is inclusive and practises pluralism; and is a blessing to other communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore