Changing religious education in Hong Kong: Emergence of madrasah learning

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Abstract

This chapter firstly provides a brief historical overview on the transformation of religious education in Hong Kong. Throughout the British colonial era to China's resumption of sovereignty, the role of religion has been largely overlooked in the making of Hong Kong society, with religious education being a marginal academic subject in the formal school curriculum. Nevertheless, this chapter highlights the importance of religious education in Hong Kong society. The importance of the subject matter has been increasingly recognized given its intrinsic value in empowering students' resilience in coping with life challenges and depressing social environments. These are not outcomes that can be provided by the core academic subjects. Lastly, by considering the case of an increasing demand for Islamic education externally and internally, this chapter concludes with a new scenario setting an alternative aspiration for spirituality and religious education in Hong Kong's future. Copyright © 2021 selection and editorial matter, Kerry J. Kennedy and John Chi-Kin Lee; individual chapters, the contributors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligious education in Asia: Spiritual diversity in globalized times
EditorsKerry John KENNEDY, Chi Kin John LEE
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages46-58
ISBN (Electronic)9780429321351
ISBN (Print)9780367336998
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Aug 2020

Citation

Ho, W. Y. (2021). Changing religious education in Hong Kong: Emergence of madrasah learning. In Religious Education in Asia (pp. 28-45). In K. J. Kennedy & J. C.-K. Lee (Eds.), Religious education in Asia: Spiritual diversity in globalized times (pp. 46-58). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

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