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Madrasas and Making of Muslim Identity in India

From rather elite beginnings in the medieval period, the madrasa system in colonial India became institutionalised as a system of education for poor Muslims. But madrasas have become the greatest obstruction in the path of progress of the Muslim community. While the community provides almost all the resources, the grip of the self-serving maulvis over the system serves only their own interests. The system of education that was thus fostered and the preaching of politico-religious groups played a proactive role in shaping Muslim identity as traditional, fundamentalist, exclusivist and even, escapist.

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