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Islam and citizenship education in Singapore: Challenges and implications
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Tan, C. (2007). Islam and citizenship education in Singapore: Challenges and implications. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 2(1), 23-39.
The religious diversity of Singapore, coupled with the current phenomenon of Islamic revivalism, makes the management of religion a paramount concern for the Singapore government. By examining the developments of Islam in Singapore, the paper explores the challenges and implications these developments have on citizenship education in the country. This paper argues that there is a need for a form of citizenship education in Singapore which takes into consideration the multiplicity, complexity and intersection of religion and
citizenship. It is further argued that what is needed is not just socialisation into a particular state-sanctioned set of values and views, but an awareness and appreciation of the different religions, especially Islam. The Singapore experience provides a useful case study on the issues and challenges faced by the governments and citizens of plural societies in the midst of Islamic revivalism.
This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Education, Citizenship and Social Justice. The published version is available online at
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