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Muslim Education in the 21st Century

Asian perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Sa’eda Buang, Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew


224 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Muslim Education in the 21st Century reinvestigates the current state of affairs in Muslim education in Asia whilst at the same time paying special attention to Muslim schools’ perception of educational changes and the reasons for such changes. It highlights and explores the important question of whether the Muslim school has been reinventing itself in the field of pedagogy and curriculum to meet the challenges of the 21st century education. It interrogates the schools whose curriculum content carry mostly the subject of religion and Islam as its school culture. Typologically, these include state-owned or privately-run madrasah or dayah in Aceh, Indonesia; pondok, traditional Muslim schools largely prevalent in the East Malaysian states and Indonesia; pesantren, Muslim boarding schoolscommonly found in Indonesia; imam-khatip schools in Turkey, and other variations in Asia.

Contributed by a host of international experts, Muslim Education in the 21st Century focuses onhow Muslim educators strive to deal with the educational contingencies of their times and on Muslim schools’ perception of educational changes and reasons for such changes. It will be of great interest to anyone interested in Asian and Muslim education.


The nature of Islamic religious education in a number of settings makes this a useful reference text for any reader interested in religious education. - Professor Dr Maya David Nee Khemlani, University of Malaya

A fascinating insight into religious education. This book travels the Islamic world in Asia with educational and cultural politics interlaced. - Emeritus Professor Raj Brown, Royal Holloway University of London

Table of Contents

Madrasah Education in Bangladesh: Contestations and Accommodations

Ali Riaz

Contemporary Madrasas and Contested Modernities: Educational Reform in Pakistan

Shiraz Thobani

The Role, Developments and Challenges of Islamic Education in China

Charlene Tan & Ke-jia Ding


From Jingtang Education to Arabic School: Muslim Education in Yunnan

Ma Xuefeng

Pendidikan Islami (Islamic Education): Reformulating a New Curriculum for Muslim Schools in Aceh, Indonesia

Eka Srimulyani & Sa’eda Buang

Crafting a New Democracy: Civic Education in Indonesia Islamic Universities

Elisabeth Jackson & Bahrissalim

The Hikmah (wisdom) Program: A Philosophical Inquiry for the Teaching of Islamic Education

in Malaysia

Rosnani Hashim, Suhailah Hussien & Juhasni Adila Juperi.

Coming to Grips with Modernization: The Teens aL.I.V.E. Programme and the Teaching of Sadaqah (giving of alms)

Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew

Confronting and Integrating Modernity: Religious Education and Curriculum Reforms in Turkey

Seyfi Kenan

Pedagogical Innovations and the Reinvention of 'Old' Pedagogy in Muslim Schools in Russia

Aelita Miniyanova

About the Editors

Sa’eda Buang is a senior lecturer with the Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew is an associate professor at the Department of English Language and Literature, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education

In Asia, schooling, teaching and learning are undergoing major changes as a consequence of wider economic, social, cultural and political movements. The success of some Asian countries in international education benchmarks has redirected attention to the region. This is counterbalanced by other countries that are struggling to educate their citizens in the midst of political instability, ideological and religious tensions, poverty and natural disasters. In spite of such broad differences across countries in Asia, pioneering and innovative research is being conducted that is of increasing interest to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and governments worldwide.

The Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education book series will examine key theoretical and empirical research on the changing institutional and cultural contexts of Asian education. The series aims to establish a strong platform for the critical discussion of educational practices and pedagogies in Asia, and is open to Asian and international researchers with a focus on the region. Interdisciplinary research is welcomed, including education, social sciences, psychology, organisational studies, economics, history, political science, cultural studies, and language and literacy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Islamic Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies