Singapore University of Social Sciences

Islam and the Malays

Islam and the Malays (MLL219)


The module aims to discuss the religious orientation which had evolved among the Malays of Southeast Asia and attempts at analysing the socio-historical factors which had shaped such orientation. This module, which sets within a historical-sociological framework emphasises the importance of seeing Islam as the central element of Malay thought and values, shaping their cultural, social, economic and political life.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Central Values in Islamic Culture
  • Islamization of the Malays of Southeast Asia in history
  • Group Dynamics and Ideology Affecting Malay Religious Orientations
  • Islam and Malay Cultural Life and Rites de Passage in Malay Society
  • Religious Institutions and Malay Community Life
  • Contemporary Trends and Challenges

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the role of religion in Malay society.
  • Analyse the roles of the religious elites in Malay society.
  • Appraise the values of Islam in Malay society.
  • Describe the religious rites of passage in Malay society.
  • Illustrate the role of Islam in Malay society.
  • Apply key perspectives of religious orientations in Malay society.
Back to top
Back to top