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Madrasas and the Making of Islamic Womanhood$
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Hem Borker

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199484225

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199484225.001.0001

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Situating Madrasa Education for Girls

Situating Madrasa Education for Girls

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(p.27) Chapter Two Situating Madrasa Education for Girls
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Madrasas and the Making of Islamic Womanhood
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Hem Borker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199484225.003.0002

This chapter sets out the historical background and contemporary context of girls’ madrasa education in India. It locates the present research within the broader academic literature. I argue that most research has either completely ignored the everyday experiences of students studying in madrasas or bracketed it in conceptual binaries of social reproduction and empowerment. Drawing on recent anthropological literature, I illustrate an important conceptual gap in research on madrasa education: the tendency to conflate madrasa educational regimes with student practice. In the last part I discuss the theoretical concepts of community, pious self-fashioning, and aspirations that inform my research.

Keywords:   Historical background of girls’ madrasas, madrasas, girls education, community, pious self-fashioning, and aspirations

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