Pakistan: The Madrassa Myth

Madrassa Myth

A group of young boys wearing tight, crocheted caps rock back and forth as they recite verses from the Quran. Their voices—some loud, some hushed—resound through the domed mosque in a cacophony of swirling melodies.

Recent reports have pointed to Pakistan’s Islamic religious schools, like this one, as training grounds for terrorists. But most students attend the schools—called madrassa—for a purely spiritual purpose.

Listen to the full  report by Beenish Ahmed, which also aired on PRI’s The World, here.

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