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or ma·dra·sah also ma·dras·sah  (mə-drä′sə)
n. Islam
1. An institution for the study of Islamic theology and religious law.
2. The buildings and grounds of such an institution, typically attached to a mosque.

[Arabic, school, from darasa, to study; see drš in Semitic roots.]
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Noun1.madrasa - Muslim schools in Bangladesh and Pakistanmadrasa - Muslim schools in Bangladesh and Pakistan; "the Pakistan government decided to close down madrasas that provided military training for their students"; "many madrasas in Bangladesh are supported with money from Saudi Arabia"
religious school - a school run by a religious body
Bangla Desh, Bangladesh, East Pakistan, People's Republic of Bangladesh - a Muslim republic in southern Asia bordered by India to the north and west and east and the Bay of Bengal to the south; formerly part of India and then part of Pakistan; it achieved independence in 1971
Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan, West Pakistan - a Muslim republic that occupies the heartland of ancient south Asian civilization in the Indus River valley; formerly part of India; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
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Child abuse in madrasas has long gone unreported in Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority nation where hardline Islamist groups draw their support from the tens of thousands of schools across the nation of 169 million people.
Summary: Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh) [India], June 15 (ANI): With an aim to connect Madrasas with the mainstream education and help students to sharpen their skills, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has started a bridge course.
This is with reference to the decision of federal cabinet which has approved a uniform curriculum for all educational institutions in the country, including 30,000 madrasas. No doubt, madrasas have played an unprecedented role in preserving the traditions of Islam and reawakening the consciousness of Islamic solidarity and Islamic way of life.
Summary: Traditionally, madrasas attracted people from all social classes.
Adviser to the Chief Minister for Information Technology Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Kamran Bangash was the chief guest on this occasion who formally inaugurated the tournament wherein two Madrasas (religious school) - Madrasa Sarhadi and Madrasa Darwash and two minorities Chrishna and Jashwa are taking part.
'The government of Pakistan has decided that these madrasas will be mainstreamed,' Major Gen.
Keeping in view the requirements of the modern day, madrassa reforms are indispensable the prevalent situation in Balochistan calls for immediate reforms in madrasas, he said while addressing a workshop arranged by the Balochistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP) under the title 'Balochistan Madrassa Regulatory Authority Act 2018'.
Al Haiatul Ulaya Lil-Jamiatul Kawmiya Bangladesh will hold a 'Shukrana Mahfil' (thanks giving rally) on November 4 in the city, hailing the government for giving the Dawra-e-Hadith (Taqmil) of Qawmi Madrasas the status of master's degree, reports BSS.
He said 'Through sports, the message of peace and prosperity can be spread throughout the world.' Through this league, the students of madrasas will be diverted towards cricket and with this, they will also be exposed to religious conferences that will help them in enhancing their knowledge, Javed Afridi said.
According to a press release, only that change in madrasas could succeed which was routed from within the madaris, he added.
He found that the link between few Pakistani madrasas and religious militancy was overblown by Western media [29].