Choosing Medersa: Discourses on Secular versus Islamic Education in Mali, West Africa

  title={Choosing Medersa: Discourses on Secular versus Islamic Education in Mali, West Africa},
  author={Dianna Bell},
  journal={Africa Today},
  pages={44 - 63}
  • D. Bell
  • Published 8 May 2015
  • Education
  • Africa Today
As leaders in Mali continue to stress the importance of education and literacy, those seeking to follow the call for formal schooling have options to choose from, including public schools modeled after the European education system, Qur’anic schools, and medersas. This article explores the motivations that lead Malians to select and value Islamic education. It describes how systems of Islamic education in colonial and postcolonial Mali have operated and reveals the ways Malians measure the… 
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