An overview on Islamic lifelong learning in Brunei Darussalam

Satu sorotan tentang pembelajaran Islam sepanjang hayat


  • Nurul Atiqah Haji Abd Latif Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA)
  • Lilly Suzana Shamsu Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali, Brunei Darussalam



Non-formal Learning System, Informal Learning System, Islamic Studies, Mature Learner, Brunei Darussalam


Since 19th Century, Brunei Darussalam has conducted Islamic Lifelong Learning formally and non-formally which has been referred to as the Adult Religious Class. The class is offered to mature students who had never attended or finished their formal religious education. The modules taught are mostly focused on al-Quran literacy skills and basic Islamic studies. Although these classes have been practiced for a long time, the term Islamic Lifelong Learning is still an uncommon term in the sultanate. Hence, this study proposes to explore and discover the term “Islamic Lifelong Learning” in the context of Brunei Darussalam. The study is based on documents review and analysis from past researchers and official websites. Furthermore, the findings have suggested that various classes have been established in Lifelong Learning which can be known as “Islamic Lifelong Learning”. Thus, the paper concludes that Islamic Lifelong Learning is a part of an ongoing learning in Brunei Darussalam which has been implemented and conducted either in mosques, balais, universities or institutes with particular Islamic modules consists of ‘Aqīdah, Sharī‘ah and Akhlāq.


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Author Biography

Nurul Atiqah Haji Abd Latif, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA)

Nurul Atiqah Binti Haji Abd Latif is from Brunei Darussalam. Her educational journey began after achieving grade Mumtaz in Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Ugama Brunei. Then in 2014, she pursued Bachelor Degree at Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt in Syariah Islamiyyah and graduated in 2018 with grade Jayyid. During and following her undergraduate experience, she had participated in various professional programs that improve soft and technical skills such as project management, teaching training and IT Workshop. Moreover, she has been gained her experience and expertise by becoming a private tutor in al-Quran recitation, Arabic language, A-Level Syariah and O-Level Islamic Religious Knowledge. Nurul Atiqah was a volunteer tutor too towards primary 6 students for a whole year of 2019. She has experience in teaching all types of ages from 5 to 60 years old students. Currently, she is a candidate of Master Degree student in Faculty of Islamic Development and Management at Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Brunei Darussalam. Her current research is concerned with the women in lifelong learning that focus on Islamic studies, seeks to explain the development of women learning Islam throughout history. After completion of the master, Nurul Atiqah aspires to pursue her academic journey to PhD level and is interested in continuing her same research focus related to the lifelong learning.


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How to Cite

Haji Abd Latif, N. A., & Shamsu, L. S. (2021). An overview on Islamic lifelong learning in Brunei Darussalam: Satu sorotan tentang pembelajaran Islam sepanjang hayat. Al-Irsyad: Journal of Islamic and Contemporary Issues, 6(1), 651-661.