Religion and Educational Inequity

Mohd. Sanjeer Alam

in Religion, Community, and Education

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780198076940
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080946 | DOI:
Religion and Educational Inequity

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This chapter brings to the fore the socio-political processes that have shaped educational development among the Muslims in both colonial and post-colonial times. It is argued in this chapter that while socio-political processes exerted an overbearing influence on educational development among Muslims during the colonial period, participation of Muslims in the colonial education system was, however, deeply spatially entrenched. Even as the Muslim community as a whole appeared to lag behind other communities, its educational status in many situations was much better than other communities. A similar kind of spatiality in educational development among Muslims is also seen in the present context. It thus suggests that relative educational backwardness of the Muslim community has to be understood in terms of spatially embedded historical trajectories that have shaped educational development in India.

Keywords: educational development; Muslims; educational participation; colonial education; educational backwardness; spatiality

Chapter.  9354 words. 

Subjects: Sociology of Religion

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