Reading with Allah: Madrasas in West Bengal

1st Edition

Nilanjana Gupta

Routledge India
Published June 30, 2009
Reference - 192 Pages
ISBN 9780415544597 - CAT# Y102158

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Summary

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.

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