Education in Afghanistan
Developments, Influences and Legacies Since 1901
By Yahia Baiza
Routledge – 2013 – 22 pages
A comprehensive and up to date study of the history of education in Afghanistan since 1901, this bookdemonstrates how modern education emerged and charts its fluctuating process of development, regression and destruction.
Combining historical and contemporary analysis of key international and national, political, and historical issues from the late nineteenth century to the present day, Education in Afghanistan examines; religion, modernism, tribal and ethnic conflict, language discrimination, foreign invasions, war, and international assistance through the lens of education. An in-depth understanding of these elements will provide alternative approaches to addressing the on-going conflict in Afghanistan, which has a direct effect on the overall educational development and policy-making decisions in the country.
Offering a new perspective to the conflict in Afghanistan by addressing its impact on education, this book will be an invaluable resource for students and researchers interested in the formation of education policy, social and political reform in the Middle East, and Islamic Studies.
1 Introduction 2 International Historical and Political Context and its Impact on National Politics 3 The Emergence of Modern Education (1901-1919) 4 Educational Modernization (1919-1929) 5 Tribal Politics and Selective Education (1929-1978) 6 Education, War and Migration (1978-1992) 7 Educational Fragmentation (1992-2001) 8 The Redevelopment and Reconstruction of Modern Education (2001-2012) 9 Conclusion
Dr. Yahia Baiza is a research associate at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK. He has recently completed a two-year research project entitled ‘The Shia Ismailis of Afghanistan: Their History, Religious Rituals and Practices,’ which will be published in due course. Currently working on a project entitled ‘The Plurality of Shariah Interpretations and the Shia Ismailis of Afghanistan,’ his research interests include education and history in Afghanistan, and the broader field of Islamic, Shia and Ismaili studies.