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Nelson, Matthew J. (2008) 'Religious Education in Non-Religious Schools: A Comparative Study of Pakistan and Bangladesh.' Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 46 (3). pp. 271-295.

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In both Pakistan and Bangladesh, most parents seek to provide their children with a ‘hybrid’ education, combining both religious and non-religious components (simultaneously). In Pakistan, however, the so-called ‘non-religious’ side of this education – for example, in government and non-elite private schools – tends to be associated with a particular understanding of religion, one that remains persistently apprehensive about the treatment of and, in many ways, even the acknowledgement of, religious, sectarian, ethnic, and linguistic diversity. Keeping this in mind, scholars and policy makers with an interest in the relationship between education and citizenship – particularly insofar as this relationship is tied to the challenge of cultural diversity – would do well to focus more of their attention on competing expressions of ‘religion’ in the context of (ostensibly) ‘non-religious’ schools.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
ISSN: 14662043
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2009 15:56

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