Fair explores the true significance of the madrassah and its role in Pakistan’s educational system. She chronicles the Pakistan government’s efforts to reform the madrassah system and offers important policy implications and suggestions for initiatives that might address some of the main concerns emanating from ostensible ties between education and security inside and outside Pakistan.
"This is a true benchmark study—it establishes the standard for future work on Pakistan’s vast educational/religious establishment. Fair bases her important recommendations on unprecedented fieldwork and a judicious use of the existing literature. This will be an invaluable guide for policymakers, both in Pakistan and in the community of states that wish to help that state develop a truly modern and effective educational system."—Steven Cohen, - Brookings Institution