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Jakarta Post

Integrated Islamic schooling in high demand amid growing piety of middle class Muslims

  • Ivany Atina Arbi
    Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 8, 2019   /  09:13 am
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Students at Islamic elementary school Al Azhar 61 in Gading Serpong, Tangerang, Banten, watch a short movie together in class. (JP/Ivany Atina Arbi)

"Amsik 'alaika lisaanaka, amsik 'alaika lissanaka [be careful of what you say],” 27 elementary school students chanted in their classroom at Islamic state elementary school Al Azhar 61 in Gading Serpong, Tangerang, Banten, quoting a hadith. By remembering the hadith, the second graders are expected to respect each other and watch what they say to protect one another’s feelings. Before chanting the words as instructed by their teacher, the students were learning about the role of a father in a family as part of an elective subject that combines social science, natural science, mathematics and the arts, among other things. In addition to teaching regular subjects such as natural and social sciences, Al Azhar 61 teachers have also campaigned for Islamic character building, “hoping to create noble, young generations," teacher Lilih Kholidah told T...