Islamic Education in Asia
In recent years attention has focused on Islamic educational institutions in Asia, often called madaris (pl. of madrasah), and what role they may play in spreading extremist ideology and inspiring terrorist attacks around the region. Beyond the fact that a small minority of schools propagate a radical version of Islam, relatively little was known about the huge variety in Islamic education in South and Southeast Asia.
Two three-year long research projects brought together international teams of scholars to study the state of Islamic education in eight Asian nations with large minority or majority Muslim populations. Seeking to better understand the changing role of Islamic education in politics and society, NBR has accumulated an invaluable catalog of regional data through a series of surveys, interviews and institutional analysis. The Southeast Asia Education Survey (2004-2007) investigated trends in Islamic education in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia. The South Asia Education Survey (2005-2008) investigated trends in Islamic and secular education in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan.