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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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(p.1) Introduction
Religion, Community, and Education

Mohd. Sanjeer Alam

Oxford University Press

Even though India has made remarkable progress during past six decades in widening the literacy base and expanding educational opportunities, the Indian education system has been marked by glaring disparities along various axes of social and regional stratification. Religion is one of the most pervasive axes of educational disparity in India. At the same time, it remains one of the least explored dimensions of educational disparity. The complexities underlying the relative educational backwardness of certain religious communities, especially the Muslims, remain under-explored. The discussion in this chapter analyses the issues underlying these research deficits and exposes the problems of the existing body of research.

Keywords:   disparity, education, educational backwardness, educational opportunities, Muslims, religion, literature review

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