London : International African Institute ; Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Book — xix, 267 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
List of figures-- List of maps-- List of tables-- Acknowledgements-- Notes on translation and anonymization--
1. Porridge, piety, and patience: Qur'anic schooling in northern Nigeria--
2. Fair game for unfair accusations? Discourses about Qur'anic students--
3. 'Secular schooling is schooling for the rich!' Inequality and educational change in northern Nigeria--
4. Peasants, privations, and piousness: how boys become Qur'anic students--
5. Inequality at close range: domestic service for the better-off--
6. Concealment, asceticism, and cunning Americans: how to deal with being poor?
7. Mango medicine and morality: pursuing a respectable position within society--
8. Spiritual security services in an insecure setting: Kano's 'prayer economy'--
9. Roles, risks, and reproduction: what almajiri education implies for society and for the future-- Glossary-- Abbreviations-- Annex: synopsis 'Duniya Juyi Juyi - How Life Goes'-- Bibliography-- Index.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
In a global context of widespread fears over Islamic radicalisation and militancy, poor Muslim youth, especially those socialised in religious seminaries, have attracted overwhelmingly negative attention. In northern Nigeria, male Qur'anic students have garnered a reputation of resorting to violence in order to claim their share of highly unequally distributed resources. Drawing on material from long-term ethnographic and participatory fieldwork among Qur'anic students and their communities, this book offers an alternative perspective on youth, faith, and poverty. Mobilising insights from scholarship on education, poverty research and childhood and youth studies, Hannah Hoechner describes how religious discourses can moderate feelings of inadequacy triggered by experiences of exclusion, and how Qur'anic school enrolment offers a way forward in constrained circumstances, even though it likely reproduces poverty in the long run. A pioneering study of religious school students conducted through participatory methods, this book presents vital insights into the concerns of this much-vilified group. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
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Makoko is a shantytown on the edge of Lagos, the largest city in West Africa. Space is precious, so Makoko stretches out into the lagoon, where many of the houses are built on stilts. Average income in Makoko is about fifty dollars a month. In Nigeria ninety per cent of people live on less than two dollars a day. According to UNICEF, less than half the children of primary school age get an education, with school fees as high as ten dollars. However, new research reveals that parents here are prepared to pay to get their children educated. The people of Makoko appear to have a choice: Children can go to the free state school, or they can pay at one of a growing number of small, private schools that have opened there. Research into how and why these private schools have emerged in such unlikely circumstances has revealed that in communities like Makoko, parents are voting with their feet. They think the state system has failed, and a new and interesting grass roots movement in education seems to be the result.