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The madrasa in Asia: political activism and transnational linkages

The madrasa in Asia: political activism and transnational linkages

Sikand, Yoginder, 1967-; Bruinessen, Martin van; Farish A. Noor (Farish Ahmad Noor), 1967-

"Since the rise of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, the traditional Islamic schools known as the madrasa have frequently been portrayed as hotbeds of terrorism. For much longer, the madrasa has been considered by some as a backward and petrified impediment to social progress. However, for an important segment of the poor Muslim populations of Asia, madrasas constitute the only accessible form of education. This volume presents an overview of the madrasas in countries such as China, Indonesia, Malayisia, India and Pakistan"--Publisher's description

eBook, Paperback, Electronic resource, Book. English. Conference papers and proceedings. Electronic books.
Published Amsterdam, Netherlands : Amsterdam Univ. Press 2008

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Statement of responsibility: Farish A. Noor, Yoginder Sikand & Martin van Bruinessen, (eds.)
ISBN: 9048501385, 9053567100, 9789048501380, 9789053567104
Note: Print version record.
Note: "Most of these essays are updated versions of papers that were first presented at the international conference 'The madrasa in Asia: transnational linkages and real or alleged political roles', in May 2004 in Leiden"--Page 7.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Language note: English.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (303 pages) : maps.
Series: ISIM series on contemporary Muslim societies
Subject: Madrasahs Asia Congresses.; EDUCATION History.; Sociology; Madrasahs.; Society and culture: general.; Islamieten.; Multi-User.; Sociology and anthropology.; Onderwijs.; Asia.; Islamic education Political aspects Asia Congresses.; Culture and institutions; SOCIAL SCIENCE Ethnic Studies General.; Society and social sciences.; Vergelijkend onderzoek.; EDUCATION Comparative.
Series Title: ISIM series on contemporary Muslim societies.


  1. aIntroduction : Behind the walls : re-appraising the role and importance of madrasas in the world today /Farish A. Noor, Yoginder Sikand, Martin van Bruinessen
  2. Voices for reform in the Indian madrasas /Yoginder Sikand
  3. 'Inside and outside' in a girls' madrasa in New Delhi /Mareike Winkelmann
  4. The uncertain fate of Southeast Asian students in the madrasas of Pakistan /Farish A. Noor
  5. Muslim education in China : Chinese madrasas and linkages to Islamic schools abroad /Jackie Armijo
  6. From Pondok to Parliament : the role played by the religious schools of Malaysia in the development of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) /Farish A. Noor
  7. Traditionalist and Islamist pesantrens in contemporary Indonesia /Martin van Bruinessen
  8. The salafi madrasas of Indonesia /Noorhaidi Hasan.