Travels of a political pilgrim: Madrassas play key role in inducing orthodoxy among Azamgarh's Muslims
Indian Muslims, including those of Azamgarh, need to come out of denial and understand that radicalism and their social backwardness are rooted in the teachings of religious organisations and Muslim intellectuals
Travels of a political pilgrim: How bridging religious, worldly knowledge gap can reform Muslim education
The fundamental cause of Muslim backwardness in India is rooted in division of knowledge between deeni (religious) & duniyavi (worldly) taleem (education).
With Uttar Pradesh in the thick of a tumultuous election it is necessary to decode the mind of its Muslim community - its anxieties, aspirations & impulses.
Siddek Ahmed, former Congress minister, who was also present at the meeting threatened to take the issue to the high court if the government of Assam did not roll back its decision.
The education department of Assam has repeatedly said this move as an attempt to bring in uniformity in the weekly holiday pattern followed by the schools, many view it as a move targeted at the madrassas.
One, Hindu Pandits were expelled from Kashmir but they, we, did not fight back or become suicide bombers. So, is cowardice built into the Indian mindset?
The Mumbai Police have come up with a 71-page report on the Salafist Islamist televangelist Zakir Naik and his ‘unlawful activities’. However, what is worth deliberating is the ‘serious concerns’ of the police over the kind of education imparted to students at the Mumbai-based Islamic International School, founded and conceptualised by Zakir Naik.
The madrassa series: How Deoband became shorthand for extremism and violent intolerance entered its ideology
The key to modernising madrassas in the real sense lies in reforming the core theological curriculum — the guts of Muslim education — and bringing it in line with the changes brought in several Islamic countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt and Tunisia.
The madrassa series: Misogyny and outdated mores pervade north India’s centres of Islamic learning, but reform is creeping up on them
Madrassas are going through a historic transition and it is as yet unclear what the future holds for them. But what I hope these articles will prove to readers is that reform, sluggish as it is, has begun.
Pakistani authorities have sealed 182 'madrassas' since the deadly Peshawar school attack in 2014, in a countrywide crackdown on religious seminaries allegedly involved in extremism, a media report said
Shiv Sena said madrassas in India should be barred from using Urdu and Arabic as medium of instruction and they should be replaced with English and Hindi.
Madrassas are often perceived as resistant to the idea of modern education, but few Islamic seminaries in Bihar’s Kishanganj district had the courage to go way ahead and introduce sex education.
After reports that the Maharashtra government had termed madrassas as 'non schools' and children going to them as 'out of school student' created a stir, state minister for minorities development department Dilip Kamble has defended the government saying madrassas in the state were never considered schools.
State government has dubbed madrassas in Maharashtra as 'non-schools' and has directed that all madrassa students be classified as 'out-of -school children'
An Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) professor has sparked controversy by allgedly calling madrassas "dens of vice and homosexuality".
There is no reason why madrassas should be turned into hybrids --neither full-fledged seminaries nor proper mainstream educational institutions --by forcing them to take on a role they are not equipped for.