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Palgrave Macmillan

New Islamic Schools

Tradition, Modernity, and Class in Urban Pakistan

ISBN 9781137382467
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

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.

Sanaa Riaz is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Ashford University, USA.

1. Introduction
2. Situating the Islamic Schooling Trend in Pakistan
3. The Educational System in Pakistan and the Place of Islamic Schooling
4. Examining Diversity in Islamic Schools
5. Knowledge at Play
6. Towards a New Approach to Islamic Education

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