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The Rational Believer: Choices and Decisions in the Madrasas of Pakistan

Masooda Bano


Islamic schools, or madrasas, have been accused of radicalizing Muslims and participating, either actively or passively, in terrorist networks since the events of 9/11. In Pakistan, the 2007 siege by government forces of Islamabad's Red Mosque and its madrasa complex, whose imam and students staged an armed resistance against the state for its support of the “war on terror,” reinforced concerns about madrasas' role in regional and global jihad. By 2006 madrasas registered with Pakistan's five regulatory boards for religious schools enrolled over one million male and 200,000 female students. Th ... More

Keywords: Islamic schools, Pakistani madrasas, radicalization, Muslims, terrorist networks, war on terror, New Institutional Economics, madrasa system, sharia law, female agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450440
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450440.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Masooda Bano, author
University of Oxford