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Religion, Community, and EducationThe Case of Rural Bihar$
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Sanjeer Alam

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198076940

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198076940.001.0001

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Religion and Educational Inequity

Religion and Educational Inequity

Past and Present

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(p.56) 2 Religion and Educational Inequity
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Religion, Community, and Education
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Mohd. Sanjeer Alam

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198076940.003.0003

This chapter brings to the fore the socio-political processes that have shaped educational development among the Muslims in both colonial and post-colonial times. It is argued in this chapter that while socio-political processes exerted an overbearing influence on educational development among Muslims during the colonial period, participation of Muslims in the colonial education system was, however, deeply spatially entrenched. Even as the Muslim community as a whole appeared to lag behind other communities, its educational status in many situations was much better than other communities. A similar kind of spatiality in educational development among Muslims is also seen in the present context. It thus suggests that relative educational backwardness of the Muslim community has to be understood in terms of spatially embedded historical trajectories that have shaped educational development in India.

Keywords:   educational development, Muslims, educational participation, colonial education, educational backwardness, spatiality

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