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Reading with Allah

Madrasas in West Bengal, 1st Edition

By Nilanjana Gupta

Routledge India

192 pages

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Based on extensive fieldwork and archival records, this book traces the emergence and flourishing of madrasas and the myriad ways in which they impact upon local Muslim communities, especially in West Bengal. It also addresses issues of identity, ‘secular’ education and gender in this context, while exploring the myths that surround these institutions. Amongst other things, it interrogates why Muslim communities prefer sending their sons to government schools to receive a secular education, while the daughters are sent to madrasas.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements. List of Tables, Figures and Maps. 1. Introduction 2. State and Madrasa Education 3. Outside the State System: Khareji Madrasas 4. Changes from Within 5. The Future. Appendix. Bibliography. Index

About the Author

Nilanjana Gupta is Professor of English at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Islamic Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies