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October 30, 2015 11:11 am

The Islamic madrassa of Darul Uloom

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Inside the Islamist seminary that made Deoband in India infamous

The name of this quiet, academic oasis is Darul Uloom, which means “house of knowledge”. The Deobandi madrassas spawned across Asia since the school’s foundation in 1866 were once seen by Muslims as “forts of Islam” amid the westernisation of British India. More recently, however, they have been described as dens of jihadism.

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