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Madrasas and the Making of Islamic Womanhood

Hem Borker


This ethnography provides a theoretically informed account of the educational journeys of students in girls’ madrasas in India. It focuses on the unfolding of young women’s lives as they journey from home to madrasa and beyond. Using a series of ethnographic portraits and bringing together the analytical concepts of community, piety, and aspiration, it highlights the fluidity of the essences of the ideal pious Muslim woman. It illustrates how the madrasa becomes a site where the ideals of Islamic womanhood are negotiated in everyday life. At one level, girls value and adopt practices taught in ... More

Keywords: Madrasas, gender, ethnography, Muslim, education, India, everyday, piety, aspirations, community, portraits, Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199484225
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199484225.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hem Borker, author
Assitant Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi