Parna Sengupta

in Pedagogy for Religion

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268296
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950412 | DOI:

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This chapter examines two reports that diagnose and suggest a solution for the question of religion and schooling, a solution that comes out of a minority perspective and that understands the national stakes of the discussion. These two educational reports were produced by Muslim leaders in 1935 and 1942; they reflect a pragmatic and serious effort to create a single system of schooling that directly addressed the differing needs of religious communities. Bengali Muslim educators offered a surprising and at times radical perspective from which to rethink cultural pluralism from the perspective of the “minority” community. The global circulation of pedagogic theory propagated the notion that primary schools were an essential site for the production and dissemination of modern cultural forms. The Training System of Education repeatedly associates the early education of children with the production of cultural identity.

Keywords: religion; schooling; minority; religious; pedagogic; cultural identity

Chapter.  4542 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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