By Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir
This publication examines Muslims in Singapore, analysing their behavior, practices and inclinations in the direction of daily life, and in addition their position in the broader framework of the secularist Singapore kingdom and the cultural dominance of its chinese language elite, who're predominantly Buddhist and Christian. Singapore has a hugely strange method of problems with non secular variety and multiculturalism, adopting a coverage of intentionally ‘managing religions’ - together with Islam - in an try to in achieving orderly and harmonious family members among assorted racial and spiritual teams. This has encompassed implicit and particular rules of containment and ‘enclavement’ of Muslims, and likewise the extra confident coverage of ‘upgrading’ Muslims via paternalist concepts of schooling, education and development, together with the modernisation of madrassah schooling in either content material and orientation. This booklet examines how the program has operated in perform, and evaluates its successes and screw ups. specifically, it explores the attitudes and reactions of Muslims themselves throughout all spheres of lifestyle, together with eating and conserving halal-vigilance; schooling and get dressed code; and practices of courtship, intercourse and marriage. It additionally considers the effect of wider overseas advancements, together with Sep 11, worry of terrorism and the linked stigmatization of Muslims; and advancements inside of Southeast Asia comparable to the Jemaah Islamiah terrorist assaults and the Islamization of Malaysia and Indonesia. This research has extra common implications for political options and public regulations in multicultural societies which are deeply divided alongside ethno-religious traces.
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Muslims in Singapore: Piety, Politics and Policies (Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series) by Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir