New Islamic Schools

New Islamic Schools

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Studies on Islamic schooling, particularly in Pakistan, largely focus on orthodox religious seminaries (madrasas) and presuppose that all types of religious schooling create the same religious subjectivity that is fundamentally extremist, anti-modern and anti-secular. In this groundbreaking narrative, Riaz attempts to cover this gap in ethnographic literature on Islamic education by presenting the first participant-observation based account of the new private Islamic schools that are fast becoming popular among middle and upper class urbanites. The schools combine modern secular education with traditional madrasa education. Through observations across pre-primary and Grades 1-10 subject classes, and interviews with Islamic school entrepreneurs, administrators, teachers, students and their parents associated with these schools - each catering to a different urban class - the author elucidates how the pedagogies, curriculum and the aspirations of the producers and patrons of knowledge in these schools modernize Islamic tradition to create diverse religious, secular, and class subjectivities in the students.I sat in on a fifth-grade class on a Friday, the day for special afternoon prayers for Muslims. After English, math, and science, it was time for the Islamic education. The teacher opened the textbook in Urdu, printed by the Jamaat Ahle Sunnat, the religious organization representing Barelvis own ... The teacher then read out the second question, a€œHow can we communicate with Prophet Muhammad?a€ Another girl answered, a€œOur holy pir [religious mendicants], blessed by the grace of Allah, anbsp;...

Title:New Islamic Schools
Author:Sanaa Riaz
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-05-21


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