Pedagogy for Religion: Missionary Education and the Fashioning of Hindus and Muslims in Bengal

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University of California Press, Aug 13, 2011 - History - 222 pages
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Offering a new approach to the study of religion and empire, this innovative book challenges a widespread myth of modernity—that Western rule has had a secularizing effect on the non-West—by looking closely at missionary schools in Bengal. Parna Sengupta examines the period from 1850 to the 1930s and finds that modern education effectively reinforced the place of religion in colonial India. Debates over the mundane aspects of schooling, rather than debates between religious leaders, transformed the everyday definitions of what it meant to be a Christian, Hindu, or Muslim. Speaking to our own time, Sengupta concludes that today’s Qur’an schools are not, as has been argued, throwbacks to a premodern era. She argues instead that Qur’an schools share a pedagogical frame with today’s Christian and Muslim schools, a connection that plays out the long history of this colonial encounter.
 

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Contents

Pedagogical Frames and Colonial Difference
1
The Molding of Native Character
23
A Curriculum for Religion
40
An Object Lesson in Colonial Pedagogy
61
The Schoolteacher as Modern Father
81
Teaching Gender in the Colony
102
Mission Schools and Quran Schools
123
Pedagogy for Tolerance
150
Notes
161
Bibliography
189
Index
205
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Parna Sengupta is Associate Director of Stanford Introductory Studies at Stanford University.

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