Religious schools in Malaysia are not common, but in the last year the country has seen the rise of several dozen like it.
The first, a small one-room Islamic school in Penang, Malaysia, opened in 2012.
Two years later, it opened up to students of other faiths.
Now, it’s the second-largest in Malaysia.
The school was originally founded in the early 20th century to teach girls the Qur’an and the Muslim faith, but it expanded to offer other Islamic studies, music and art classes in the 2000s.
Malaysia’s Islamic schools have been praised for their educational and spiritual qualities.
They also provide opportunities for Muslim girls to meet other Muslims and develop a deeper understanding of the religion.
In the last decade, they have been targeted by various hate groups.
Malaysia has a relatively low rate of hate crimes per capita, but the country is prone to violence.
In 2013, a young woman was murdered at a mosque by a man who reportedly called her a “fool” for attending a Muslim women’s conference in Malaysia in 2014.
That same year, another young woman, Hiba Abdul Rahman, was killed in the same mosque for attending an event held by an Islamic group.
A week later, a group of men killed three men at a park near Kuala Lumpur’s airport.
Malaysia is also home to the largest concentration of Islamic State (IS) militants in the world, with more than 20,000 fighters believed to have fought there.
The extremist group has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks across the country.
In 2016, a man was arrested in the city of Sarawak after allegedly plotting to detonate an explosive device at the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
He was later killed.
This year, a Malaysian Islamic cleric was sentenced to five years in prison after he was arrested for plotting to carry out attacks in Malaysia and elsewhere in the Southeast Asian nation.
The country is also the home of a small, but growing number of Islamic schools.
In 2014, a new Islamic school opened in Malaysia, known as the Malaysia Islamic School.
The new school was opened after a Malaysian judge in January 2016 ordered it closed over concerns that it was a “security risk.”
But the school reopened and now hosts about 100 students.
The Islamic schools were founded in Malaysia by the country’s first Muslim woman, Syed Salahuddin, who came to the country from Pakistan in 1965.
A decade later, she was married to a Malaysian man and established the school, which now houses about 150 students, about 20 of whom are Muslim.