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Making Modern MuslimsThe Politics of Islamic Education in Southeast Asia$
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Robert W. Hefner

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832803

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832803.001.0001

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Islamic Education in Southern Thailand

Islamic Education in Southern Thailand

Negotiating Islam, Identity, and Modernity

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Making Modern Muslims

Joseph Chinyong Liow

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter provides a historiography of modern education in Thailand's Muslim society. The study focuses on the Malay-Muslim provinces of Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat, where the vast majority of Thai Muslims reside and where issues related to Islamic education are most challenging. It is argued that the Malay-Muslim community has increasingly exercised agency in its attempt to navigate between pressures generated by the need to preserve culture, knowledge, and identity on the one hand, and the demands of modernization and nationalism on the other. One consequence of this attempt to transform Islamic education, however, has been the emergence of contestations within the structures of Islamic education, creating cleavages that mirror general changes in Thailand's Muslim society.

Keywords:   southern Thailand, Islamic education, Islamic schools, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Thai Muslims, Malay-Muslim community, modern education

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