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Madrasas in the Age of Islamophobia

Madrasas in the Age of Islamophobia

December 2019 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

In the age of Islamophobia, Madrasas are at crossroads—infamously labelled as ‘dens for terrorism’ where the ‘youth are misguided, motivated and recruited to resort to anti-Indian activities’. It is little known that in the golden past, Madrasas schooled reformers and personalities such as Rajendra Prasad, Motilal Nehru, Raja Rammohun Roy and many other noteworthy Islamic scholars.

Through bonafide stories of products of Madrasas, the authors narrate the decline of the madrasas from being centres of excellence to institutions of restricted learnings with dark clouds of stigma surrounding them. Short of resources, rejected by the well-heeled, and condemned by politicians, will they be able to turn the corner? The answer is blowing in the wind.

Madrasas under a Cloud
Reminiscences of a Utopian Past
The Deoband Conundrum: The Madrasa That Stood Still in Time
Madrasas in Modern India: Sorry State, Lofty Principles?
Inside a Madrasa: A Painting of a Teacher and His Pupils
Nurturing Lives
Stepping beyond Their Usual Role
Madrasas in Dystopia
The Need for Modernization
Future Perfect

‘The book addresses two key questions: How madrasas are falsely accused by some politicians of producing radicalized students who pick up arms and indulge in militancy. And, how some madrasas are trying to find ways to stay relevant in contemporary times by imparting modern knowledge alongside Islamic teachings. The book shall remain relevant for those seeking to reform madrasa education.’

Swami Agnivesh,
Former Minister of Education, Haryana and social reformer activist

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ISBN: 9789353289294