Inside a Residential Girls’ Madrasa in India

  title={Inside a Residential Girls’ Madrasa in India},
  author={Hem Borker},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={363 - 372}
  • Hem Borker
  • Published 19 April 2021
  • Sociology
  • Current Anthropology
This essay explores everyday life inside girls’ madrasas. Through a series of images gathered over 12 months of ethnographic fieldwork in a residential girls’ madrasa in Delhi and visits to several others across North India, I describe how young girls experience education in the madrasa. I argue that the ideal of a perfect Muslim woman (kamil momina) that students learn and embody differs from the one that the madrasa seeks to cultivate. At one level, the girls value and adopt many teachings of… 


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