Understanding the Madrasa Discourses Project

Author: kroc.nd.edu

The Madrasa Discourses project based at the University of Notre Dame engages with recently graduated madrasa students in India and Pakistan. Through a three-year online educational program—three hours a week over a period of two semesters per year, plus intensive face-to-face winter and summer programs totaling three weeks annually—participants are exposed to science, the philosophy of science, history, and a range of Islamic theological traditions and the humanities. Students participating in the program are taught skills that enhance their capacity and talents as theologians, and are introduced to a robust cross fertilization of sources from modern science, Islamic and western humanities, and varieties of Islamic theology.

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