The Social, Political, and Cultural Perspective of Islamic Education in Palembang Malay: A Continuous Evaluation from the Dutch Colonial Period to Today

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evolution, Islamic Education, Dutch colonial period, Palembang Malay, cultural perspective, Indonesia


This study presents the historical concept of Islamic culture and Islamic teachings/education in the Malay Archipelagos of Indonesia while reviewing Islamic culture and teachings/education research. It also describes Islamic education's evolution in Malay from the Dutch Colonial Period to the modern digital world from various social, political, and cultural perspectives. A library and normative research approach were conducted using descriptive-qualitative secondary data analysis. This study used secondary data from books, journals, institutional reports, research, and the internet. The results revealed that, during the Sultanate of Palembang, the traditional Islamic educational system and institution prevailed in Palembang, but after the colonial government came to power, Islamic education was marginalized. Today, numerous Islamic educational institutions in Palembang have transformed the system and institution of Islamic education in this region, starting from teaching religion at home, langar, or the mosque. Moreover, nowadays, the digital world has opened more horizons for informal and instant interactions between Islamic scholars and the community to learn about Islam and follow Islamic teachings, which provide a complete code of conduct.


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Author Biography

A. Suradi, UIN Fatmawati Sukarno Bengkulu

A. Suradi is currently a lecturer at Universitas Islam Negeri Fatmawati Sukarno Bengkulu, Indonesia. He earned a bachelor's degree in Islamic education in 1999 at the Riadlotul Mujahidin Institute of Islamic Religion, Ponorogo, East Java. Master's Degree in Islamic Education in 2003 at the State Islamic Institute of Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta. Doctoral Degree in Islamic Religious Education in 2017 from Raden Fatah State Islamic University Palembang.


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How to Cite

Suradi, A. (2022). The Social, Political, and Cultural Perspective of Islamic Education in Palembang Malay: A Continuous Evaluation from the Dutch Colonial Period to Today. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies, 9(3), 56–71.



Original Manuscript
Received 2022-05-09
Accepted 2022-05-29
Published 2022-07-01