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Religion, Community, and Education: The Case of Rural Bihar

Sanjeer Alam


The debate over educational disparities across religious communities in India, especially those concerning the Muslims, is as old as the history of the modern education system in the country. This debate has yielded several explanations for educational backwardness among the Muslims which evoke a supposedly low value placed on modern education by Islamic theology, the status of Indian Muslims as a minority, and invidious discrimination against the Muslims in India. Largely cast in a polemical and impressionistic mode, this debate has long awaited empirical underpinnings. The recent upsurge in ... More

Keywords: class, community, education, educational disparity, Islamic theology, minorities, Muslims, region, religion, spatial contextualization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780198076940
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198076940.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sanjeer Alam, author
Centre for the Study of Developing Society, Delhi