Islamic Self-Identity Formation Through Language Learning: A Study of Religious Secondary School Students in Malaysia

  •  Mohd Nazri Latiff Azmi    
  •  Isyaku Hassan    
  •  Engku Muhammad Tajuddin Engku Ali    
  •  Ahmad Taufik Hidayah Abdullah    
  •  Mohd Hazli bin YahaAlias    
  •  Muzammir bin Anas    
  •  Nur Izzati Suhaimi    


Self-identity formation becomes increasingly challenging for students as they are exposed to different norms in the school environment. Education, language, and religion are crucial in the process of self-identity formation. Therefore, this study aims to explore how English language learning and the school environment influence Islamic self-identity formation among students in selected religious secondary schools in Terengganu, Malaysia. The study employed a qualitative approach in which 90 religious secondary school students in the State of Terengganu were selected using a purposive sampling technique. Focus group interviews were used as a data-gathering instrument. The students were divided across different sessions to ease the process of data collection. The data were transcribed and analyzed using inductive thematic analysis. The study found that English language learning does not influence the students’ Islamic self-identity formation negatively. Instead, certain morals such as respect, self-esteem, and cooperation, are instilled in the students’ self-identity. This study provides evidence on the students’ ability to construct Islamic self-identity despite the challenges of second language learning.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1925-4768
  • ISSN(Online): 1925-4776
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: quarterly

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