23 SES 06 A, Europe and Beyond
Parallel Paper Session
This paper aims to critically examine the terror threats, attacks and uncertainty in Pakistan, Afghanistan and across the world that are planned and accepted by a special group called Taliban (Arabic word which means students) who seek education in madrassa (religious schools). Madaris (plural of madrassa) provide free religious education, boarding and lodging and are schools for poor. This is done first by historically reviewing the madrassa Education since Pakistan’s independence in 1947. The Deobandi madrassas, the ones most closely allied to the Taliban, went up from 1779 to over 20000 in number and with over two million children in attendance. There are a large number of unregistered madaris that have hardly any information available. It is argued that the vast majority of these seminaries are run on zakat (Islamic Tax) and are financed by businessmen and the rich class believing this act will earn them a blessed life and a peaceful hereafter. There are other madaris which are supported and funded by Iran and Saudi Arabia. Their influence on rural people and poorer sections of the urban merchant class will continue to increase as poverty increases. It is argued that Madaris in Pakistan are producing anti-Western, sectarian and sub sectarian bias. Second, the practice of teaching Arabic in varied instructional setting and classified education system on the basis of socio-economic background is described. Furthermore, the consequences of classification of education are discussed in the light of recent education policy of Pakistan. Madarasa students are always kept deprived by the ruling elites and they express their anger via the idiom of religion which as a result brings them in conflict with the Westernized elites. It then argues that the present education policy of Pakistan has nothing to do for the improvement and reformation of this class as the establishment always keep them disadvantaged, deprived and illiterate to use them for their own benefits time to time. It is argued that unless the poverty is not eradicated, the class system is not eliminated and literacy is not targeted Taliban will rise in number and power over night getting their circle of friends and supporters wider throughout the world.
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