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What is a Madrasa? By E Moosa ( History, Place, Role...
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What is a Madrasa? 
By Ebrahim Moosa
Paperback 280 pages
ISBN : 9781474401746
Publisher : Edinburgh University Press

About The Book

Explains the role of the madrasa in the cultural, intellectual and religious experience of Muslims.

The prospects for peace in Afghanistan, dialogue between Washington and Tehran, the UN’s bid to stabilise nuclear-armed Pakistan, understanding the largest Muslim minority in the world’s largest democracy in India, or the largest Muslim population in the world in Indonesia – all require some knowledge of the traditional religious sectors in these countries and of what connection traditional religious schooling has (or not) to their geopolitical situations.

Moosa delves into the world of madrasa classrooms, scholars and texts, recounting the daily life and discipline of the inhabitants. He shows that madrasa are a living, changing entity, and the site of contestation between groups with varying agendas, goals and notions of modernity.

Reading this unique and engaging introduction will provide readers with a clear grasp of the history, place and function of the madrasa in today’s Muslim world (religious, cultural and political). It will also investigate the ambiguity underlying the charge that the madrasa is at heart a geopolitical institution.

Key Features:

  • Structured clearly around the role and function of the madrasa in the past and the present.
  • Infuses history, tradition and everyday practice with concrete examples of how the institutions function.
  • Provides a view of the madrasa from within – the author studied in leading Indian madrasas for 6 years.
  • Treats madrasas worldwide, with a special focus on those in South Asia.
  • Includes a glossary of key non-English terms used in the book.

About The Author

Ebrahim Moosa is professor of Islamic studies at the University of Notre Dame, with appointments in the department of history and the Kroc Institute for International Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs. The author of the prize-winning Ghazal and the Poetics of Imagination (2005), he was named a 2005 Carnegie Scholar.


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