The maintenance of a “moderate mainstream” Muslim community as a bulwark against the fraying of harmonious ethnic relations has become a key governance concern post-September 11. In light of the global concern—and often paranoia—with diasporic Islam, Islamic religious institutions and civil society have been portrayed in the popular media as hotbeds of radicalism, promoters of hatred, and recruiters for a “conflict of civilization” between the Muslim world and the modern world. Having declared itself a terrorist's “iconic target,” Singapore has taken a broad-based community approach in advancing inter-religious tolerance, including a subtle initiative to include the “Muslim civil society” in advancing the understanding and the promotion of a moderate brand of Islam in Singapore. This tacit process of regulation (top-down, intra-community and inter-community), while effective, is constrained by the unique governance context in Singapore.
civil society, Islam, religion, Singapore, terrorism
Asian Studies | Public Law and Legal Theory | Public Policy | Religion Law
Law, Society and Governance
Terrorism and Political Violence
Taylor and Francis
TAN, Eugene K. B..
Norming "Moderation" in an "Iconic Target": Public Policy and the Regulation of Religious Anxieties in Singapore. (2007). Terrorism and Political Violence. 19, (4), 443-462. Research Collection School Of Law.
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