Traditional Islamic educational institution, known as Dayah, has been popular in Aceh for their ability to produce highly qualified Muslim scholars. This popularity was due to its ability to implement a special type of learning strategy known as beut pubeut or service learning (SL) in the Dayah across Aceh. In spite of the emergence of modern teaching approach, the SL in the Dayah is persistent. Therefore, this research aims to discuss the nature of SL and its strengths and investigate the effectiveness of the SL as implemented in the Dayah. As this is a qualitative study, the data for this research was collected through observation and interviews. The data were analyzed through qualitative procedures, such as coding techniques, and showed several important findings. First, the SL implemented by the Dayah has played an important role in producing charismatic Muslim scholars/Ulema in Aceh. Second, the combination of the SL and modern teaching strategies helps develop students’ competence. Third, internal and external support greatly influences the effective implementation of SL. This study suggests that the service learning with some adjustments needs to be maintained as it benefits not only students and dayah but the community as well.


service-learning, Dayah, transformation, Muslim scholars, qualitative research, interview, Aceh

Author Bio(s)

Ismail Anshari is an associate professor in Education Studies at UIN Ar-Raniry Banda Aceh. Please direct correspondence to ismail.anshari@ar-raniry.ac.id

Teuku Zulfikar is a A professor in Language Education at UIN Ar-Raniry Banda Aceh. Please direct correspondence to teuku.zulfikar@ar-raniry.ac.id

Tihalimah Tihalimah is a senior lecturer in Islamic Education at UIN Ar-Raniry Banda Aceh. Please direct correspondence to tihalimah@ar-raniry.ac.id

Irwan Abdullah is a professor at Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta. Please direct correspondence to iabdullah6@gmail.com

Mujiburrahman Mujiburrahman is a professor in Islamic Education Management at UIN Ar-Raniry Banda Aceh. Please direct correspondence to mujiburrahman@ar-raniry.ac.id

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