Studying the Koran, and also Einstein

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Source: The Hindu

BY Jyoti Shelar

Jameas, community-run schools of Dawoodi Bohras, offer religious education that embraces and teaches secular worldview

When it comes to Muslim religious schools, the word that comes to most minds is the madrasa. But that’s not the only way Islam is taught to young minds.

In the Dawoodi Bohra community, more and more parents are sending their children to schools run by the community called Jameas, which offer a holistic education. Students who study here often branch out to the same kind of higher studies students of other institutions would. And like the academically inclined anywhere, some choose to come back to teach in the jameas.

The oldest jamea, in Surat, dates back two centuries, and teaches 900 students at a time. The Karachi jamea, started in 1983, has a 480-student capacity and the Mumbai jamea, which started in 2013, has 300.

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