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Reaching for the Crescent: Aspirations of Singapore Islamic Studies Graduates and the Challenges (Singapore Islamic Studies Graduates: Learning Experience and Struggles)

by Norshahril Saat ; Azhar Ibrahim ; Noor Aisha Abdul Rahman

Islamic religious teachers (asatizah) and scholars (ulama) play a significant role in providing spiritual leadership for the Singapore Malay/Muslim community. Lately, the group has been cast under the spotlight over a range of issues, from underperformance in the national examination, their ability to integrate into the broader society, exposure to radical and conservative ideas such as Salafism from the Middle East, and unemployment. Reaching for the Crescent examines a growing segment within the group, namely Islamic studies graduates, who obtained their degrees from universities in the Middle East and neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia. It identifies factors that condition the proliferation of Islamic studies graduates in Singapore, examine the dominant religious institutions they attend, the nature of Islamic education they received, and their challenges. It tackles the impact of their religious education on the spiritual life and well-being of the community. Based on qualitative and quantitative data collected, the book calls for a rethinking of a prevailing discourse of Arabization of Singapore Muslims and academic approaches that focus on madrasah education and Islam through the security lens.

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  • Publisher : ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Product Code : 9789814951388C03

About Author

Norshahril Saat ; Azhar Ibrahim ; Noor Aisha Abdul Rahman

Norshahril Saat is Senior Fellow at the ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. ; Azhar Ibrahim is Lecturer at the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS). ; Noor Aisha Abdul Rahman is Associate Professor at the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS).