Modernisation Of Islamic Education In Kerala: Tracing The Trajectory

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Mohammed Salih T , Mansy M


This article discusses the evolution of the Islamic education system in the Malabar region of South India from colonial times to the contemporary era. By tracing the trajectory of modernisation in Islamic education in the region, the study highlights the history of Sheikh Zainudheen Makhdoom I and II who played a seminal role in setting up the institutional framework of mosque-based Islamic education in Malabar. Makhdoom family’s engagement with the colonial struggle also influenced the mosque-based ‘dars’ model of Islamic education in the region. During the waning stage of colonialism in the second half of the nineteenth century and in the first half of the twentieth century, the reformist and modernist trends were visible among Kerala Muslims. The reformist wave became a matter of contention among the Muslim community dividing them into reformists and traditionalists.  It paved the way for the revival of Islamic education system which culminated in forming of different madrasa boards and institutions by various Muslim groups. 

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