Saturday, June 18, 2011

Women of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan madrassas breeds radicalism-Reuters

By Rebecca Conway

Islamabad (Reuters)-Varda is a dream of accounting students who are working abroad. Tasty and tender, 22-year-old expanding her horizons to aim at but when it comes to Islam, she questions the priest and national instructors offered by the denial of a fundamentalist interpretation.

More than one million students in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Varda's branch of the all-female madrassa or well-to-do women's army at the expense of rising intolerance faith of enlightenment occurs Islamic Theological Seminary.

Islamic extremists slowly society strengthen their grip on the country, where all women madrassas number the State educational system and deepening of the middle and upper classes, the Governor by the failure of the fuel has been rapidly over the past decade.

Often the parent job market, primarily male-oriented and married to a woman waiting for a romantic relationship will not be drawn on alternative Masooda Bano, United Kingdom-based economic and Social Research Council research fellow after a woman called to finish high school or College, enrolled in madrassas.

But, like many students, Varda, 2000 or so registered madrassas college students or graduates housewife who is Islamic Republic of Pakistan society, like everyone else, deepen their faith to feel the pressure as well as greater understanding of Islam looking.

"What they said was told to perform my thoughts and this is my religion is correct [NULL] to learn more about wanted," said Varda, who she's joined by neighbors Tehreek-i-Islami madrassa in part time encouraged the process.

The country's controversial blasphemy law against Governor this year because of questions about the murder, Varda, without hesitation, said his bodyguard by Salman Taseer's murder was the right thing to do.

"If they do not need this law to criticism then people ... They themselves Muslim members of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Islamic Republic, "he said the phone.

"To say this is the preferred method of I'm sorry but this is what he deserved."

Family destination

Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Al Qaeda and the Taliban is also home to call on the nuclear-armed politically unstable country President General Mohammad Zia ul Haq under the rule of since the 1980s has been drifting toward religious militancy.

Zia, Afghanistan against the Soviet occupation of the United States enjoyed enthusiastic support from, who is training Islamic militants and u.s. cash used social moderate and hard-line Islamic Saudi Arabia Wahhabism was inspired by the tolerant towards that were previously located on.

While not a weak Government, leading to a radical Sidekick and anti-Americanism has been a strong stem remains.

For boys the Islamic Islamic Republic of Pakistan's madrassas, crooked his hard-line teachings and armed fighters are notorious for making. Experts say women school students tend to be better educated and more affluent though just as dangerous.

Women's madrassas "target women will go up because the plants seeds, place it because" the global information company Stratfor Kamran Bokhari, the Middle East and South East Asia Director said.

"Women, marriage, women will raise children. Create norms within a society over time. "

Men from the boys live madrassas and free, or student's mass is often very poor, which means a very small fee and remote or rural area you can eat in. They are memories Quran all day, and their teachers, who often hear some lectures in lack sophisticated understanding of faith.

Women's madrassas month-private University price almost 3000-4000 rupees flat rate charge. Courses typically last four years, and memorizing the Koran in addition to women's studies morality and piety in Islamic texts.

"Schools, these types and their associated with the serious problem is that there are" Haider Mullick, policy analysts, and United States joint special operations in Florida University researcher said. "Some of them are tolerant, but not to participate, the attack or we've seen as a kind of murder will develop."

Al-Huda, Farhat train by the 1990s, established the country's most well-known female madrassas is one of the middle and upper classes in most of the students hail from.

Schools in Islamabad on the outskirts of the vast new headquarters, black or grey robes students where children class classroom, colorful past and flyers Islam describes terms of where the sunlit lobby to walk through.

The exact number is not available, while the expected 15,000 students Al Huda program have gone through a comprehensive journal Southeast Asia Faiza writes Mushtaq.

Sadaf Ahmad, Lahore University of Management Sciences and for women in the book's author and an Assistant Professor of anthropology, Islam Al Huda and other female members of the madrassas to be held at the home of religion study group through the mainstream society to further their ideas spread said.

Across town in the Warren of narrow lanes, the hidden another famous female madrassa, founder Um-e-Hassan below approximately 550 students from Jamia Hafsa to educate. Headscarves a small group of women from the meticulous late at night and the teacher's question the Koran recitation low sitting on the table.

Hassan's students come from various social backgrounds, she says, live in the town and school Islamabad many travel from the village.

Hassan helped her students in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 2007, the harsh imposition of Islamic law for a campaign to take control of Islamabad's Red Mosque's Imam is married.

Women's stick wielding her roving band commando assault mosque had it back in Islamabad fear the neighborhood before. More than 100 people died in the attacks.

Hassan Jamia Hafsa in 1992, and since women's "thousand", has been dating her education. Red Mosque siege of the time, she says about 750 students.

"We we know Islam [NULL] girl, our children must be passed," Hassan said. "Here they do not think, or how to fashion, they look for. they do not have things don't worry. They just focus on their research, and some in the community will teach women when they leave. "

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