A Case Study of Hobart Muslim Girls School, Royapettah, Chennai (1873-2023)

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R. Abida Begum
Dr. T. Abdul Khadar

Abstract

Education is an eye-opener for every woman, to the practical challenges faced by her in society and serves as a weapon to overcome them in a more dignified procedure.  Education as the means of empowerment of women can bring about a confident attitudinal change for women in society. In the present communal politics, the education of Muslim women is highly targeted and frequent attempts have been made to further marginalize Muslim women and their education. In the recent past, the Fundamental Rights of Muslims particularly women’s education were curtailed in the name of the Hijab controversy. Though the Indian Constitution provided the Right to Equality, it is not fully practiced. But in the historical past during the colonial period, an attempt was made by the British government to provide education to purdah observing Muslim women in Madras city. Governor of Madras Lord Hobart started a primary school for purdah observing Muslim girls in 1873, considered a milestone in the history of the education of Muslim women. This historical model school for purdah observing Muslim girls exist today and successfully provides education to Muslim women in Chennai. In this paper, an attempt has been made to explore the History of the Hobart Muslim Girls School, Royapettah, Chennai, and the contribution of the school to the socio-cultural development of the Muslim community over the past 150 years.

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