While there exists scholarly works on madrasas in India during medieval times and the colonial period, there is hardly anything on the conditions of madrasas today, and those are by and large based on secondary literature and not grounded in detailed empirical investigation. This work, through ethnographic study undertaken at two madrasas in Mubarakpur in Uttar Pradesh, shows how Indian madrasas represent a diverse array of ideological orientations which is mostly opposed to each other’s interpretation of Islam. If madrasas are about the dissemination of Islamic knowledge, then they also problematize and compete over how best to approach that knowledge; in the process they create and sustain a wide variety of possible interpretations of Islam. This volume will be of interest to scholars and researchers interested in the study of Islam and Indian Muslims. Since it is multidisciplinary in approach, it will find space within the disciplines of sociology, social anthropolgy, history and contemporary studies.
Table of Contents
List of Tables -- List of Maps and Plates -- Glossary -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1. History and the Present in Mubarakpur: The Ethos -- 2. Knowledge, Power and Politics -- 3. Institutionalising ‘Authentic’ Islam -- 4. The Financial Organisation of Islamic Piety -- 5. The Madrasa and its Hinterland -- 6. The Madrasa Regime and its Effects -- 7. The Enemy Within -- Conclusion -- Appendix I: Constitution of Madrasa Ashrafiya -- Appendix II: Curriculum of Madrasa Ashrafiya -- Bibliography -- About the Author -- Index.
Arshad Alam is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.