Religious Diversity in Singapore

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Lai Ah Eng
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2008 - Social Science - 723 pages
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Religious and ethno-religious issues are inherent in many multiethnic and multi-religious societies. Singapore society is no exception. It has long been multiethnic, multicultural and multi-religious, being at the crossroads of many major and minor civilizations, cultures and traditions, and its religious diversity continues to develop in the current contexts of growing religiosity, religious change and conflict often in the name of religion. Despite this background, there is lack of in-depth knowledge, nuanced understanding and regular dialogue about religions and the meanings of living in a multi-religious world. 
           This volume covering major themes of Singapore's religious landscape, religion in schools and among the young, religion in the media, religious involvement in social services, and interfaith issues and interaction fills important gaps in the knowledge and understanding of Singapore's religious diversity and complexity. A collective effort of researchers and practitioners, it is a timely and useful reference for scholars, decision-makers, leaders and practitioners as well as for concerned citizens and followers.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION by Lai Ah Eng
xliii
The Landscape of Religious Diversity
1
Religion in Schools and Among the Young
319
Religion in the Media
411
Religious Organizations in Social Services
457
Interfaith Issues and Interaction
555
INDEX
695

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Lai Ah Eng is senior research fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore and was, until recently, senior research fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies. 

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