Editors: Syed Farid Alatas, Lim Teck Ghee and Kazuhide Kuroda

Publisher: Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs (RIMA) and The World Bank

ISBN: 981-04-9475-0

Published: 2003

No.of pages: 273

This book is part of an effort to stimulate reflection on religion and its role in education and development in Southeast Asia. Earlier versions of the papers collected in this volume were presented at the “Asian Interfaith Dialogue: Perspectives on Religion, Education and Social Cohesion.” A dialogue on values and development in multi-religious Southeast Asia, organized by RIMA with sponsorship from The World Bank Post-Conflict Fund. Held on 27 and 28 October 2001 in Singapore. This dialogue is a follow-up to the Asian Regional Consultation on Social Cohesion and Conflict Management held on 16 and 17 March 2000 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila. The consultation was jointly organized by the Social Development Department of the ADB and The World Bank.


Part I: Religion, Education and the Development of Society

Chapter 1 Religion, Science and Education by Syed Hussein Alatas

Chapter 2 Economic Thoughts Based on Buddhism: The Case of Thailand by Somparn Promta

Chapter 3 Secular Education, Development and Values: A Buddhist Perspective by Pracha Hutanuwatr

Chapter 4 Secular Education, Values and Development in the Context of Islam in Thailand: An Outlook on Muslim Attitudes toward Thai Educational Policy by Hasan Madmarn

Chapter 5 Tagore, Education, Cosmopolitanism by Saranindranath Tagore

Part II: Religion, Education and Women

Chapter 6 Religious Education and Gender Issues: Difficulties of Female Ordination in Thailand by Parichart Suwanbubbha

Chapter 7 Women, Religion and Spirituality: religious Education and Gender Issues by Mary John Mananzan, OSB

Chapter 8 Women an Interfaith Dialogue in Indonesia: Where were the Women? by Lies Marcoes-Natsir

Part III: Religion, Education and Interfaith Dialogue

Chapter 9 Religious Toleration and Beyond by C.L. Ten

Chapter 10 Education for Tolerance among Religious Communities: The Case of Indonesia by Franz Magnis-Suseno, SJ

Chapter 11 Educating to Enbale Interfaith Encoutner: The Whole Child Education Project of Indonesia by Patricia A. Martinez

Chapter 12 Certain Dimensions of Hinduism and their Values in Interreligious Education by A.N. Rao

Chapter 13 Scrutinizing the Themes of “Sameness” and “Difference” in the Discourse on Multireligiosity and Religious Encounters in Singapore by Vinetta Sinha

Chapter 14 The Role of the Human Sciences in the Dialogue among Civilizations by Syed Farid Alatas

Epilogue by Lim Teck Ghee and Kazuhide Kuroda


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