Shahana’s Story

I completed an MSc in Contemporary India in 2014 with the generous helping hand of the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development. I am now continuing with my studies with an MPhil in Social Anthropology, leading to a DPhil.  The Centre provides great opportunities to interact with academics from numerous fields and backgrounds and so has given me an understanding of the core issues facing India right now like food security and climate. [ Read more]

I am specialising in the education of Muslim girls in India in Madrasas.  In my research I hope to challenge the clichés on this subject and argue that Madrasa learning could be made compatible with modern learning.  So for example, I focus in particular on the Kerala Model of Islamic education, which encompasses religious instruction and regular schooling.   Through my research, I aim to provide a sound evidence base for policy makers and education specialists.  In particular I hope that my research will contribute to the scheme for the Modernization of Madrasas being undertaken by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.   

Since leaving Oxford, Shahana has worked as a legislative aide in the office of the MP, Rajeev Gowda – Chairman, Research Department, Congress. She has been a Fellow with the Government of Delhi since January 2019, attached to the Ministry of Social Welfare. She has been working towards the implementation of various schemes related to the welfare of the Schedule Caste population in Delhi

Thesis: Changing Traditions. Studying ‘Hybridity’ in Islamic schools for Girls in India