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Forum Muslim Schools 
Topic multilingualism 
Author jd 
Date Created 06/12/2005 13:02:39 
Message in reference to a recent post by iftikhar:

More than 10% of primary and 9% of secondary pupils do not speak English and out of them 7% of primary and 6% of secondary pupils are from the Indian sub-continent. New research shows that children who speak at least two languages do better at schools than those who speak only one. British teachers still see multilingualism as a problem rather than an asset.

another way of interpreting this is that - as an immigrant, you are much more likely to get on in an english speaking culture if you speak english, and that teaching multilingualism (which i assume is teaching partly in english and partly in your home tongue) will result in nothing but a watering down of that ideal

1. how do you define what languages should be tought - muslims cross many countries surely so that is a lot of languages - do you suggest these should all be integrated together or segregatted

2. multilingualism as you suggest does not exist in the world outside of the muslim communities - and hence promoting 'multilingualism' will surely encourage muslims to stay in these communities and not integrate into the larger world outside

thses are some of the reasons why the educational system feels that teaching multilingually is counterproductive

Topic Re: multilingualism 
Author hannah 
Date Created 14/10/2008 11:47:55 
Message Malaysia rejects Christian appeal

Ms Joy was disowned by her family and forced to quit her job
Malaysia's highest court has rejected a Muslim convert's six-year battle to be legally recognised as a Christian.
A three-judge panel ruled that only the country's Sharia Court could let Azlina Jailani, now known as Lina Joy, remove the word Islam from her identity card.

Malaysia's constitution guarantees freedom of worship but says all ethnic Malays are Muslim. Under Sharia law, Muslims are not allowed to convert.

Ms Joy said she should not be bound by that law as she is no longer a Muslim.

Death threats

Malaysia's Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim said the panel endorsed legal precedents giving Islamic Sharia courts jurisdiction over cases involving Muslims who want to convert.

About 200 protesters shouted "Allah-o-Akbar" (God is great) outside the court when the ruling was announced.

"You can't at whim and fancy convert from one religion to another," Ahmad Fairuz said.

Ms Joy's case has tested the limits of religious freedom in Malaysia.

She started attending church in 1990 and was baptised in 1998.

In 2000, Ms Joy, 42, went to the High Court after the National Registration Department refused to remove "Islam" from the religion column on her identity card. The court said it was a matter for Sharia courts. Tuesday's ruling marked the end of her final appeal.

Ms Joy has been disowned by her family and forced to quit her job. She went into hiding last year. A Muslim lawyer who supported her case received death threats.

Sharia courts decide on civil cases involving Malaysian Muslims - nearly 60% of the country's 26 million people - while ethnic minorities such as Chinese and Indians are governed by civil courts in the multi-racial country.

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