Madrasas in India appear to be caught between the need to maintain their identity as centres of Islamic studies and culture and to remain relevant to the present-day needs of the communities they serve. This research focuses on the relationships between madrasas and the state, as the former attempt to negotiate between these competing pressures and the latter seeks to support and 'modernize' them. It throws light on the motives and strategies of madrasas and their associations, the central government and two State governments (Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal) and assesses selected aspects of madrasa modernization.
Working Paper No. 15, Religions and Development Research Programme, University of Birmingham, UK, 92 pp. ISBN 0-7044-2775-3