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Education: Colonial: Sub-Saharan Africa
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Private Religious Instruction

Muslim and Christian initiatives drove educational expansion during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Advanced Islamic education occurred at premier institutions such as the Islamic university in Timbuktu or in private tutorials with established scholars, but most Muslims were educated in the local Qur’anic school, called, for example, chuo in Swahili, daara in …

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Corrie Decker, “Education: Colonial: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_COM_002031>
First published online: 2016

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