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Islam and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan
     

Islam and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan

by Saleem H. Ali
 

Islamic educational institutions have come under intense public scrutiny in recent years because of their perceived linkage to militancy. However, much of the research thus far has relied upon anecdotal accounts and investigative journalism. In particular, Pakistani madrassahs (or seminaries), have been the focus of much media coverage. Islam and Education aims to

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Islamic educational institutions have come under intense public scrutiny in recent years because of their perceived linkage to militancy. However, much of the research thus far has relied upon anecdotal accounts and investigative journalism. In particular, Pakistani madrassahs (or seminaries), have been the focus of much media coverage. Islam and Education aims to provide an empirically-grounded analysis of madrassahs in Pakistan, thereby informing the larger discussion of the role of Islamic education in conflict causality.

Unlike earlier works that have focused primarily on the curriculum of madrassahs, this book provides a comprehensive examination of Islamic education as an integrated social movement. The ultimate aim of Islam and Education is to prevent the escalation of existing regional conflict as well as the perceived conflict between Islam and the West, while providing guidance to policymakers regarding their attempt to reform educational institutions.

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"In this very well researched study, Saleem Ali provides valuable insights about the role of religious seminaries in Pakistan in both the political and historical contexts. The empirical evidence...presents a nuanced understanding of how religious education impacts regional conflicts."—Dr. Hassan Abbas, Research Scholar, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and author of Pakistan's Drift into Extremism

"Dr. Saleem H. Ali's study...is richly grounded in empirical data and field work, exceptionally fresh in its insightful interpretations, and brilliantly informed...Dr. Ali has produced a first rate scholarly work that will be welcomed by both academics and policymakers interested in the current debated on madrassahs and their alleged role in radicalism, militancy and violence."—Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed, Professor of Political Science, Hampton University, and Director of Iqbal International Institute

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195476729
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/15/2009
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Saleem H. Ali is Associate Professor of Environmental Planning and Asian Studies at the University of Vermont, where he has also served as an Associate Dean for Graduate Education. He is on the Adjunct Faculty of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, and is a Senior Fellow at the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Apart from his numerous publications in environmental planning he has published widely on topics of international conflict and educational reform, including an environmental education curriculum for madrassahs under the guidance of scholars at Indonesian Islamic schools. In addition to his academic writings, Dr. Ali is also a regular columnist for Pakistan's Daily Times and has editorials published in The International Herald Tribune and The Boston Globe.

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