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Title:The Quranic School Farm and Child Labour in Upper Volta
Author:Saul, MahirISNI
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Burkina Faso
Subjects:child labour
agricultural education
Islamic education
Religion and Witchcraft
Education and Oral Traditions
Labor and Employment
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1159911
Abstract:The 18th century explorer Mungo Park, on his way back from his first travels to the interior of the Gambia, noticed rural institutions combining elementary Islamic education and farm production. Such institutions must then have existed in the coastal areas of West Africa for at least two centuries, and spread to other parts of Africa as a result of Islamic expansion. They were agents of proselytization and further Islamization. Consequently Quranic schools are often discussed primarily in their relation to Islamic history. In the present day, however, they continue in some areas as viable alternatives to western-style schools and as units of agricultural production. This paper, which stems from research conducted by the author in the southern part of central Upper Volta on household farms and wealth stratification, underscores the dual fonction of these farm schools. Notes, ref., sum. (in French), tab.