Journal article

Foreign, Political and Financial influences on Religious Extremism: A Study of Madrassas in Punjab, Pakistan

H Mohi-Ud-Din Qadri

Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses (CTTA) | S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies | Published : 2018


In this article, Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri examines the madrassa (Islamic seminaries) education system in the context of growing radicalisation and religious extremism in Pakistan. The piece studies the madrassas’ relationship with various political groups, and their local and foreign funding sources. The study relies on published reports as well as quantitative data collected from over one hundred madrassas in Punjab. The study finds that several madrassas in Punjab have links with local and foreign militant organisations that render them vulnerable to external manipulations and interference. However, madrassas which purely dedicate their energies to learning and teaching are generally free..

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