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Taking us inside the world of the madrasa--the most common type of school for religious instruction in the Islamic world--Ebrahim Moosa provides an indispensable resource for anyone seeking to understand orthodox Islam in global affairs. Focusing on postsecondary-level religious institutions in the Indo-Pakistan heartlands, Moosa explains how a madrasa can simultaneously be a place of learning revered by many and an institution feared by many others, especially in a post-9/11 world.

Drawing on his own years as a madrasa student in India, Moosa describes in fascinating detail the daily routine for teachers and students today. He shows how classical theological, legal, and Qur'anic texts are taught, and he illuminates the history of ideas and politics behind the madrasa system. Addressing the contemporary political scene in a clear-eyed manner, Moosa introduces us to madrasa leaders who hold diverse and conflicting perspectives on the place of religion in society. Some admit that they face intractable problems and challenges, including militancy; others, Moosa says, hide their heads in the sand and fail to address the crucial issues of the day. Offering practical suggestions to both madrasa leaders and U.S. policymakers for reform and understanding, Moosa demonstrates how madrasas today still embody the highest aspirations and deeply felt needs of traditional Muslims.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraphs
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  1. Contents
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  1. Figures, Illustrations, and Map
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  1. Note on Transliteration and Translation
  2. p. xi
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  1. Prologue: Inside Madrasas
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I. Lived Experience
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. 1. A Novice
  2. pp. 15-30
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  1. 2. Wake, Wash, Pray
  2. pp. 31-46
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  1. 3. Becoming Scholars
  2. pp. 47-74
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  1. Part II. History and Contexts
  2. pp. 75-76
  1. 4. Birth of the Contemporary Madrasa
  2. pp. 77-107
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  1. 5. Texts and Authors
  2. pp. 108-121
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  1. 6. From a Republic of Letters to a Republic of Piety
  2. pp. 122-142
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  1. Part III. Politics of Knowledge
  2. pp. 143-144
  1. 7. Preserving the Prophet’s Legacy
  2. pp. 145-175
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  1. 8. Believe, Learn, Know
  2. pp. 176-204
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  1. Part IV. Madrasas in Global Context
  2. pp. 205-206
  1. 9. Talking about Madrasas
  2. pp. 207-218
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  1. 10. The Future of Madrasas
  2. pp. 219-232
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  1. 11. Letter to Policy Makers
  2. pp. 233-240
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  1. 12. Letters to My Teachers
  2. pp. 241-249
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 250-254
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 255-258
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 259-268
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 269-276
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 277-278
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 279-290
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  1. Other Works in the Series
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469623337
Related ISBN
9781469620145
MARC Record
OCLC
905784881
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2015-03-28
Language
English
Open Access
No
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