Trust, trustworthiness, and traditional Islamic education

Asadullah, M.N. (2016) Trust, trustworthiness, and traditional Islamic education. Oxford Development Studies, 44 (2). pp. 152-166. ISSN 1360-0818, DOI

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This paper examines traditional Islamic school (i.e. madrasah) attendance as a determinant of social attitudes among secondary-schooled adolescents in rural Bangladesh. Although both recognized and traditional madrasah-enrolled adolescents show greater support for charity, we find no evidence that traditional madrasah attendance promotes “trust in others”. Attendance at recognized madrasahs, which use a state-approved curriculum, however, significantly increases social trust. The madrasah–trust connection is not explained by the role of teachers’ attitudes towards trust or professional background. Nor do we find evidence that the absence of an effect of traditional madrasah attendance on social trust is driven by their geographic locations. Given the differences between the two groups in terms of stated social preferences, our analysis warns against the practice of lumping state-recognized madrasahs and traditional madrasahs into one category.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescence; Cultural tradition; Curriculum; Ethnic group; Islamism; Secondary education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Faculty of Economics & Administration
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 08:26
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2017 08:26

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