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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Madrassah's, Fundamentalism And Jihadism

I just read William Dalrymple's essay on Madrassah's in the New York Review of Books. It covers an impressive range of issues from examining the alleged link between Madrassah's and global terrorism, to placing the Madrassah in the historical and political context of the Indian Sub-continent.

Much of what Dalrymple says, simply puts into words what a lot of those familiar with the sub-continent intuitively feel. Putting this line of thinking to a Western audience is an important one which should not be under-estimated. However what makes the piece a must-read is the historical analysis which supplements the discussion of current events and the unification of his experiences in both India and Pakistan. His next book on Bahadur Shah Zafar, is the first in a quartet on the great Mughals and I am very much looking forward to reading it!

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