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Singapore Chronicles: RELIGION

Singapore Chronicles: RELIGION

Singapore Chronicles: RELIGION
SINGAPORE CHRONICLES
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s Independence, the Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press are jointly launching the Singapore Chronicles series in 2015. This 50-volume series seeks to record, explain and offer insights into what makes Singapore, Singapore. Covering a wide range of subjects, from the philosophical to the mundane, the fundamental to the practical, these Singapore Chronicles titles include Constitution, Presidency, Housing, Transport, Demography, CPF, Sports and Food. Each volume in this series will serve as a primer on the subject. Written by leading experts, they will focus on key aspects of the subject, providing analysis as well as an historical account. Readers will gain an insight into what makes Singapore tick and also why it has chosen certain “paths un-trodden”.

RELIGION

Singapore is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world. This feature gives multiple layers and combinations of richness, hybridity, complexity and fluidity to its landscape of religious communities, orientations and interactions. This book provides an overview of Singapore’s religious diversity and focuses on some of its contemporary complexities. While recognising the positive – vibrancy and richness in religious diversity – it highlights problems and challenges posed by some religious trends and developments. The book foregrounds three religious/faith traditions and orientations – Islam, Christianity and secularism – which have become significant in recent times. It highlights some challenges of growing religiosity and religious diversity, assesses how they can be expected to evolve in the near future, and discusses how they might be navigated.


Contents

Foreword
Introduction

1. The Landscape of Religious Diversity
2. Demographic Features and Trends
3. The Secular State Management of a Multi-religious Society
4. Some Challenges of Religious Diversity: Islam, Christianity and
Secularism
5. Religion in Social Life: Some Examples and Issues
6. Navigating Religious Diversity in the Future
Endnotes

Further Reading
Index


The Author
Dr Lai Ah Eng is adjunct senior fellow at the University Scholars Programme, the National University of Singapore, where she teaches in the areas of religious issues and multiculturalism. Trained in economics, development studies and anthropology, her current research fields are in multiculturalism, ethnicity and religion; migration and diversity, the family and gender; and local histories and heritage. Her major edited publications include Migration and Diversity in Asian Contexts (2013); Religious Diversity in Singapore (2008); and Beyond Rituals and Riots: Ethnic Pluralism and Social Cohesion in Singapore (2004). She is also the author of Meanings of Multiethnicity: A Case Study of Ethnicity and Ethnic Relations in Singapore (1995). She is active in public life in the areas of intercultural relations, the family, the community and heritage.
Details
Author Lai Ah Eng
ISBN 9789814747400
Size 129mm x 196mm
Extent 124pp
Hardcover / Softcover Softcover
Illustrated or Black & White Black and white
Language English
 
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