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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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Religion and Education

Religion and Education

Theoretical Foundations

(p.81) 3 Religion and Education
Religion, Community, and Education

Mohd. Sanjeer Alam

Oxford University Press

The question of what explains relative educational backwardness among the Muslim communities of India has remained a puzzle. Is it Islamic theology that prevents the Muslims from taking advantage of modern education? Or is it that they are discriminated against in matters of admission and establishment of educational institutions? Or is it a pre-conceived apprehension of discrimination among Muslims that discourages them to acquire education? Does their access to educational opportunities, by and large, follow general rules of demand for education or is it determined by factors specific to them? This chapter discusses various perspectives on the link between religion and education in general and on the orientation of Indian Muslims towards the modern education system in particular. These perspectives on the relative lack of education among Indian Muslims are exposed to be lacking in logical formulation as well as being against empirical evidence.

Keywords:   Islamic theology, religion and education, discrimination, educational institutions, Indian Muslims

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