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Education: (Early through Late) Modern: South Asia
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This entry discusses madrasas, traditional institutions of Islamic learning, for young Muslim women in a country in which Muslims form a minority.

It is a widely held view, and held as a Qurʾānic injunction, that seeking knowledge represents a ritual obligation and that Islam encourages learning for men and women alike. Since in the Indian context there are no historical precedents for having large-scale, public girls' madrasas at the secondary or jamia level, recourse is taken to the historical precedent of the Prophet as the model teacher who paid special attenti…

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Winkelmann, Mareike, “Education: (Early through Late) Modern: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0251i>
First published online: 2009



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