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Being Muslim in South AsiaDiversity and Daily Life$
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Robin Jeffrey and Sen Ronojoy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198092063

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198092063.001.0001

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Darul Uloom Deoband’s Approach to Social Issues

Darul Uloom Deoband’s Approach to Social Issues

Image, Reality, and Perception

(p.181) Chapter Nine Darul Uloom Deoband’s Approach to Social Issues
Being Muslim in South Asia

Taberez Ahmed Neyazi

Oxford University Press

Much of the recent debate concerning Muslims and Islamic religious education has been confined to security issues. Simplistic reductionism and predetermined assumptions that regard Islam as a fixed religion and Islamic institutions as hotbeds of terrorism disregard the specific and complex local and political histories that have shaped and continued to influence various transformations in the fundamental ideology of many Islamic religious institutions. Through a study of Darul Uloom (House of Knowledge) Deoband, an influential religious seminary in Uttar Pradesh, India, considered next in standing only to Cairo’s Al-Azhar, this chapter analyses various transformations in the approach and concern of a supposedly ‘orthodox’ religious institution. Can an orthodox institution simultaneously play moderate and progressive roles? Does Deoband have a progressive vision for the Muslim community? In this chapter, I have shown the ways a supposedly orthodox institution of Islamic learning has been trying to maintain its religious authority in a rapidly changing world.

Keywords:   Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, schools, religious education, Darul Uloom, orthodoxy, transformation, Islamic institutions

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