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Title: 
Maximising the overlapping area: Multiculturalism and the Muslim identity for madrasahs in Singapore
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Issue Date: 
2009
Citation: 
Tan, C. (2009). Maximising the overlapping area: Multiculturalism and the Muslim identity for madrasahs in Singapore. Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education, 30(1), 41-48. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13617670902784535
Abstract: 
This paper discusses the recent efforts by the Singapore government to construct the 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 full members of a secular society; is enlightened and appreciates richness of other civilisations; is inclusive and practises pluralism; and is a blessing to other communities.
Description: 
This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education. The published version is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13617670902784535
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ISSN: 
1361-7672 (print)
1469-9362 (online)
Other Identifiers: 
10.1080/13617670902784535
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