Religious education and state modernization : the role of Madrassah in Pakistan development
Author(s)Khan, Aga S.
Contributor(s)O'Malley, Anthony, 1947-
Islamic education -- Economic aspects -- Pakistan
Madrasahs -- Pakistan
Economic development -- Effect of education on
Pakistan -- Economic conditions
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Abstract134 leaves ; : ill., 1 map ; 28 cm.
Includes abstract and appendices.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 124-132).
The primary objective of this study is to explore madrassah (Islamic religious institution) education in Pakistan in relation to its role in national development. This case study was conducted at six selected madrassahs in the rural areas of northern Punjab. Data was collected through surveys from 15 participants from these madrassahs, and relevant policy documents. Findings suggest that madrassahs provide free education, boarding, food, and clothing to students from impoverished families. Students mainly join madrassahs because of poverty and a desire to receive Islamic education. After graduating they mostly tend to join other madrassahs and mosques as preachers and teachers. Madrassah education in Pakistan further alienates people from the most disadvantageous sections of the society by creating a welfare system, which does not prepare its students to join the mainstream sections of the society. The Government is making efforts to integrate madrassah education with formal public education.
LC910 P18 K43 2005