Islam and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan

Hardcover | March 1, 2009

bySaleem H. Ali

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Islamic educational institutions have come under intense public scrutiny in recent years because of their perceived linkage to militancy. However, much of the research thus far has relied upon anecdotal accounts and investigative journalism. In particular, Pakistani madrassahs (or seminaries),have been the focus of much media coverage. This book aims to provide an empirically grounded analysis of madrassahs in Pakistan, thereby informing the larger discussion of the role of Islamic education in conflict causality. Unlike earlier books that have focused primarily on the curriculum ofmadrassahs, this manuscript provides a comprehensive examination of Islamic education as an integrated social movement. The ultimate aim of this study is to prevent the escalation of existing regional conflicts as well as the perceived conflict between Islam and the West, while providing guidance to policy makers regarding their attempts to reform educational institutions.

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Islamic educational institutions have come under intense public scrutiny in recent years because of their perceived linkage to militancy. However, much of the research thus far has relied upon anecdotal accounts and investigative journalism. In particular, Pakistani madrassahs (or seminaries),have been the focus of much media coverage....

Dr. Saleem H. Ali is associate dean for graduate education at the University of Vermont and on the adjunct faculty of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University in the United States. He is also a senior fellow at the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. His research has focused on environ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pagesPublished:March 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195476729

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PrefaceAcknowledgements1. The Dynamics of Education and Conflict2. The Madrassah Phenomenon: Origin and Context3. Empirical Case Analyses: Ahmedpur East and Islamabad Capital Territory4. Madrassahs and Violence: is there a connection?5. Funding of Islamic Education6. Madrassahs and Modernity: the role of government and other stakeholders in conflict prevention7. Education, Development and Conflict prevention: The Role of Foreign Powers8. Ways to Reconcile Traditional Education with ModernityAppendix 1: Data from 1994 studyAppendix 2: Dars-eNizami curriculum of madrassahsAppendix 3: Administrative units in Punjab and rationale for delineationAppendix 4: Madrassah Reform Strategy and Budget from the Government of Pakistan (5 year-plan)Appendix 5: List of qualitative interviews conducted (in order of conversation) where interviewee agree to name being releasedBibliographyIndex