This manuscript would be of interest to academics, teachers, students and the general public alike since the issue of madrassahs has gained much media coverage and there are few detailed accounts of the situation, particularly within the larger context of Islamic education. Since the author is also a regular columnist for Pakistanís Daily Times, his name recognition could also help with marketing the volume.
Islamic educational institutions have come under intense public scrutiny in recent years because of their perceived linkage to militancy. However, much of the research thus far has relied upon anecdotal accounts and investigative journalism. In particular, Pakistani madrassahs (or seminaries), have been the focus of much media coverage. This book aims to provide an empirically grounded analysis of madrassahs in Pakistan, thereby informing the larger discussion of the role of Islamic education in conflict causality. Unlike earlier books that have focused primarily on the curriculum of madrassahs, this manuscript provides a comprehensive examination of Islamic education as an integrated social movement. The ultimate aim of this study is to prevent the escalation of existing regional conflicts as well as the perceived conflict between Islam and the West, while providing guidance to policy makers regarding their attempts to reform educational institutions.
About the Author / Editor
Dr Saleem H. Ali is associate professor of environmental planning and Asian studies at the University of Vermont (USA), where he has also served as the associate dean for graduate education. He is on the adjunct faculty of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and a Senior Fellow at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. His research focuses on environmental conflicts worldwide, particular in cases of value-based ethno-religious contexts. Apart from his academic writings, he is also a regular columnist for Pakistanís Daily Times. Dr Ali received his doctorate in environmental planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters in environmental law and policy from Yale University and a Bachelors in Chemistry from Tufts University. Web site: www.saleemali.net
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