In a global context of widespread fears over Islamic radicalisation and militancy, poor Muslim youth, especially those socialised in religious seminaries, have attracted overwhelmingly negative attention. In northern Nigeria, male Qur'anic students have garnered a reputation of resorting to violence in order to claim their share of highly unequally distributed resources. Drawing on material from long-term ethnographic and participatory fieldwork among Qur'anic students and their communities, this book offers an alternative perspective on youth, faith, and poverty. Mobilising insights from scholarship on education, poverty research and childhood and youth studies, Hannah Hoechner describes how religious discourses can moderate feelings of inadequacy triggered by experiences of exclusion, and how Qur'anic school enrolment offers a way forward in constrained circumstances, even though it likely reproduces poverty in the long run. A pioneering study of religious school students conducted through participatory methods, this book presents vital insights into the concerns of this much-vilified group.Read more
- Provides valuable insights into the role that religion plays in the everyday lives of poor, young Qur'anic students
- Offers a novel perspective by bringing research from education studies, poverty research, and youth studies to bear on debates about Islamic education
- Uses ethnographic and participatory methods to uncover the real perspectives of Qur'anic students and their communities in northern Nigeria
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'As the only full-length ethnography of classical Qur'anic education in Africa - and indeed, as far as I know, anywhere else - this is a tremendously important book … and, I cannot stress enough, unique contribution to the literature.' Robert Launay, Northwestern University, Illinois
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- Date Published: March 2018
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781108425292
- length: 286 pages
- dimensions: 234 x 156 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.59kg
- contains: 10 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
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Notes on translation and anonymization
1. Porridge, piety, and patience: Qur'anic schooling in northern Nigeria
2. Fair game for unfair accusations? Discourses about Qur'anic students
3. 'Secular schooling is schooling for the rich!' Inequality and educational change in northern Nigeria
4. Peasants, privations, and piousness: how boys become Qur'anic students
5. Inequality at close range: domestic service for the better-off
6. Concealment, asceticism, and cunning Americans: how to deal with being poor? 7. Mango medicine and morality: pursuing a respectable position within society
8. Spiritual security services in an insecure setting: Kano's 'prayer economy'
9. Roles, risks, and reproduction: what almajiri education implies for society and for the future
Annex: synopsis 'Duniya Juyi Juyi – How Life Goes'
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