Making Modern Muslims: The Politics of Islamic Education in Southeast Asia

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Overview

When students from a Muslim boarding school were convicted for the 2002 terrorist bombings in Bali, Islamic schools in Southeast Asia became the focus of intense international scrutiny. Some analysts have warned that these schools are being turned into platforms for violent jihadism. Making Modern Muslims is the first book to look comparatively at Islamic education and politics in Southeast Asia. Based on a two-year research project by leading scholars of Southeast Asian Islam, the book examines Islamic schooling in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and the southern Philippines. The studies demonstrate that the great majority of schools have nothing to do with violence but are undergoing changes that have far-reaching implications for democracy, gender relations, pluralism, and citizenship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824833169
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

A Note on Spelling and Transliteration ix

1 Introduction: The Politics and Cultures of Islamic Education in Southeast Asia Robert W. Hefner 1

2 Islamic Schools, Social Movements, and Democracy in Indonesia Robert W. Hefner 55

3 Reforming Islamic Education in Malaysia: Doctrine or Dialogue? Richard G. Kraince 106

4 Islamic Education in Southern Thailand: Negotiating Islam, Identity, and Modernity Joseph Chinyong Liow 141

5 Muslim Metamorphosis: Islamic Education and Politics in Contemporary Cambodia Bj&ophi;rn Atle Blengsli 172

6 Islamic Education in the Philippines: Political Separatism and Religious Pragmatism Thomas M. Mckenna Esmael A. Abdula 205

List of Contributors 237

Index 239

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