Singapore's flourishing religious minorities a lesson for the world

In a decade of work in the field of religion and global affairs, I have never come across a religious minority so comfortable in its own skin, and so conscious of the vital role it plays in the wider national tapestry, as Muslims in Singapore.

A conference held last November marked the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis), jointly organised with the Forum for Promoting Peace, led by Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, one of the world's leading Islamic scholars. Its theme was the engagement of Singapore's Muslims in the country's unique secular, plural system and whether there were lessons for the rest of the world.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 10, 2019, with the headline 'S'pore's flourishing religious minorities a lesson for the world'. Print Edition | Subscribe