Pakistan's madrassas - weapons of mass instruction?
Bell, Paul M. P.
MetadataShow full item record
Since September 11, 2001, Pakistan's madrassas have come under scrutiny as sources for the interpretation and propagation of militant versions of Islam. The madrassas are not unique to Pakistan, but are found throughout the Muslim world. However, Pakistan is a particularly interesting case since it was the staging ground for the C.I.A.-led opposition to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. During this period, from 1979--1989, the C.I.A. worked closely with Pakistan's I.S.I. to provide arms and training to holy warriors or mujahideen who crossed the border into Afghanistan to engage Soviet troops. This proxy war was funded by the United States and the Persian Gulf countries, most notably Saudi Arabia. In the years since this war ended, the madrassas funded by Saudi Arabia have continued to promote an austere interpretation of Islam called Wahhabism that has a tendency to produce graduates with few marketable skills and an anti-Western worldview. This thesis attempts to analyze these madrassas from a historical perspective in order to understand their character, purpose and influence, and then offers recommendations for both the United States and Pakistan in dealing with this complex and delicate phenomenon.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Khan, Dilawar. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2008-12);In the aftermath of 9/11, the United States of America embarked upon a massive global hunt for terrorists and launched "Operation Enduring Freedom" in Afghanistan. Owing to its geographical proximity to Afghanistan, ...
Taylor, Matthew P. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2004-03);This thesis analyzes Pakistan's Kashmir policy and strategy since 1947. Pakistan has sought to obtain the accession of Kashmir for over fifty years. This policy has its origins in Pakistan's struggle for a separate state ...
DeHart, Jeremy A. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2011-03);Skillful long-range forecasts (LRFs; leads times of several weeks or longer) are a critical component of mission planning for both military and nonmilitary operations. This is especially true for countries that are ...