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“The Muslim world in general is struggling with its Islamic education."

In Singapore, a More Progressive Islamic Education

Excerpts from the New York Times:

After  starting the day with prayers and songs in honor of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, the students at the Madrasa Al Irsyad Al Islamiah here in Singapore turned to the secular. An all-girls chemistry class grappled with compounds and acids while other students focused on English, math and other subjects from the national curriculum.

Teachers exhorted their students to ask questions. Some, true to the school’s embrace of new technology, gauged their students’ comprehension with individual polling devices.

“It’s like ‘American Idol,’ ” said Razak Mohamed Lazim, the head of Al Irsyad, which means “rightly guided.”

Read the rest of the article in the New York Times.

*Thanks to Adrian Tan for recommending the article.