Blog- A Study of Madrasas of Kerala: An Overview

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  • Posted by Prof. Sushma Jaireth, Mr. Shiraz.S, Ms. Khadija Siddiqui
  • Posted in Education, Traning

Introduction The Kerala Muslims, estimated at around a fourth of the state’s population, is the most well educated Muslim community in the country. Although some Madrasas of the ‘traditional’ type do exist in Kerala, they have been overtaken by a large and expanding network of reformed Madrasas

Introduction The Kerala Muslims, estimated at around a fourth of the state’s population, is the most well educated Muslim community in the country. Although some Madrasas of the ‘traditional’ type do exist in Kerala, they have been overtaken by a large and expanding network of reformed Madrasas that have incorporated ‘modern’ subjects and teaching methods of varying degrees. The ‘reformed’ Madrasas in Kerala highlight the diversity within the Madrasa education system of the country as a whole in comparison to ‘traditional’ Madrasas of north India. As a part of the study to understand the gender perspective in the Madrasa education system, the field work was conducted in sample districts Malappuram and Thiruvananthapuram of state Kerala. During this visit a number of Madrasas known as the Islamic educational institutions of both the districts were visited for data collection. It was found that these Islamic educational institutions were following different schools of thought and philosophies like Jamaat-e-Islami, Nadvathul Mujahideen, Samastha Kerala Jamyiathul Ulema, Dakshina Kerala Jamyiathul Ulema and Tabligi Jamaat. Further, some of these institutions in district Malappuram are also running courses which are affiliated with University of Calicut and are thus getting the government grant according to UGC norms. Objectives The major Objectives of the above mentioned study are to:- Analyze the curriculum of Maktabs and Madrasas from the view point of gender bias and gender stereotyping Examine the gender perceptions of students (both girls and boys), teachers, head teachers/ Principal and the community leaders. Evolve strategies for education and empowerment of Muslim girls