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Title: Religious Representation in Secular Singapore: A Study of MUIS and Pergas
Keywords: Religion, Secular, Singapore, State, MUIS, Pergas
Issue Date: 31-Jul-2012
Citation: WALID JUMBLATT BIN ABDULLAH (2012-07-31). Religious Representation in Secular Singapore: A Study of MUIS and Pergas. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis investigates the nature of secularism employed by the state towards managing Islam, with a particular emphasis on Singapore's most prominent Islamic organizations, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) and the Islamic Religious Teachers and Scholars Association (Pergas). This thesis postulates that the state employs a variety to techniques to manage religion, which include harsh laws, formal and informal co-optation. MUIS is both formally and informally co-opted, while Pergas is informally (ideologically/psychologically, not institutionally) co-opted. This is part of two strategies of the state: muscular secularism (where laws and formal co-optation are used) and calibrated secularism (informal co-optation). Co-optation is by no means a subservient relationship or an entirely negative process; rather it is merely a strategy that is employed by both the state and a less powerful entity that benefits both parties. Co-optation is a two-way process, where there is agency on the part of the co-opted.
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