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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 1469-9966

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/13600818.2015.1104294


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
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
ID Code:68831

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