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Title: Where tradition and ‘Modern’ knowledge meet: Exploring two islamic schools in Singapore and Britain
Authors: Tan, Charlene H. P. (Charlene Hwee Phio)
Keywords: Tradition
Modern knowledge
Islamic schools
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: Tan, C. (2011). Where tradition and ‘Modern’ knowledge meet: Exploring two islamic schools in Singapore and Britain. Intercultural Education, 22(1), 55-68.
Abstract: Muslims live in a 'modern' world where subjects such as the English language, mathematics, sciences, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are highly valued and enthusiastically transmitted in schools. How some Islamic schools attempt to equip their students with 'modern knowledge' while remaining faithful to their religious traditions is the focus of this exploratory study. Using two Islamic schools in Singapore and Britain as illustrative case studies, this paper examines their history, aims, curriculum, and pedagogy in their aspiration to acquire 'modern' knowledge within their Islamic worldviews. It further explores some common challenges faced by students and teachers in both schools in their quest for a balanced curriculum. By highlighting the Islamic schools in two Muslim minority countries, this paper aims to contribute towards the international literature on how religious schools assert their cultural heritage and negotiate their learning in a modern age.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Intercultural Education. The published version is available online at
ISSN: 1467-5986 (print)
1469-8439 (online)
Other Identifiers: 10.1080/14675986.2011.549645
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