Islamic Education in Indonesia and Malaysia: Shaping Minds, Saving Souls, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Islamic Education in Indonesia and Malaysia

Shaping Minds, Saving Souls, 1st Edition

By Azmil Mohd Tayeb


250 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Despite their close geographic and cultural ties, Indonesia and Malaysia have dramatically different Islamic education, with that in Indonesia being relatively decentralized and discursively diverse, while that in Malaysia is centralized and discursively restricted.

The book explores the nature of the Islamic education systems in Indonesia and Malaysia and the different approaches taken by these states in managing these systems. The book argues that the post-colonial state in Malaysia has been more successful in centralising its control over Islamic education, and more concerned with promoting a restrictive orthodoxy, compared to the post-colonial state in Indonesia. This is due to three factors: the ideological makeup of the state institutions that oversee Islamic education; patterns of societal Islamisation that have prompted different responses from the states; and control of resources by the central government that influences centre-periphery relations. Informed by the theoretical works of state-in-society relations and historical institutionalism, this book shows that the three aforementioned factors can help a state to minimize influence from the society and exert its dominance, in this case by centralising control over Islamic education. Specifically, they help us understand the markedly different landscapes of Islamic education in Malaysia and Indonesia.

It will be of interest to academics in the field of Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Education and Comparative Education.


Winner of the Colleagues’ Choice Award – Social Sciences, ICAS Book Prize 2019

Table of Contents

1. Functionalization of Islamic education in Indonesia and Malaysia

2. Overview of state functionalization of national education in Indonesia and Malaysia (late 1800s to present time)

3. The two verandahs of Mecca: Islamic education in Aceh and Kelantan

4. Image of tolerance: Islamic education in Nusa Tenggara Timur and Sarawak

5. Fusing the sacred and the profane: Integrated Islamic education in Indonesia and Malaysia

6. Conclusion

About the Author

Azmil Tayeb is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. His research interests are comparative politics and social movements especially in Southeast Asia. His recent publications focus on federalism, party caderisation and memory-making.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Southeast Asia.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies