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Islamization, gentrification and domestication: 'A Girls' islamic course' and rural Muslims in Western Uttar Pradesh

P Jeffery, R Jeffery, C Jeffrey

Modern Asian Studies | Published : 2004

Abstract

Girls' education has been enduringly controversial in north India, and the disputes of the second half of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century still echo in debates about girls' education in contemporary India. In this paper, we reflect on the education of rural Muslim girls in contemporary western Uttar Pradesh (UP), by examining an Islamic course for girls [Larkiyon kā Islālmī Course], written in Urdu and widely used in madrasahs there. First, we summarize the central themes in the Course: purifying religious practice; distancing demure, self-controlled, respectable woman from the lower orders; and the crucial role of women as competent homemakers. Having noted the con..

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