CHILDREN'S FAITH EDUCATION IN AN INTERFAITH MARRIAGE FAMILY (A Case Study of Moslem and Catholic Couples in the Special Region of Yogyakarta)

Waharjani Waharjani


An increasing amount of interfaith marriage family in Indonesia can cause the increasing number
of children who are born from this interfaith marriage. This issue certainly put the parents in
complicated problems especially in arranging children‟s faith education. This research tried to find
out on how children‟s faith education could be possibly done. This research focused on interfaith
marriage families between Moslem and Catholic in Yogyakarta.
To solve core problem, the researcher used interview method for collecting data and descriptiveanalytical method for analyzing them.
The conclusions which is found from the research are: 1. There are many ways that can be applied
by parents from interfaith marriage especially the Moslem ones, to conduct children‟s faith
education, such as: (a) to teach their children at home by themselves; (b) to invite Moslem mentor
for teaching their children The Holy Quran at home; (c) to send their children to a mosque or
Islamic institution; (d) to bring their children to Moslem mentor to study The Holy Quran; (e) to
enroll their children in Islamic Boarding School. 2. As for the religion that will be chosen and
adopted by children, it can be grouped into three variants: (a) determined by parents; (b) chosen by
the children themselves; (c) defined by their grandfathers. Thus, parents have dominant role on
children‟s faith education as well as how they finally made a choice on certain religion. The
domination stated is caused by two matters: authority and closeness.


Children’s Faith education, interfaith marriage, disparitas cultus.

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