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Deoband

Deoband. A seat of Muslim learning, situated in Saharanpur, India. It was founded by Mawlana Qasem Nanawtawi in 1867. During the 20th cent. it gained extensive influence throughout the Muslim world and ranks with al-Azhar in importance. Its aim is to resuscitate classical Islam, and to rid the Muslims of theological corruption and ritual malpractices. It blocks any innovation, e.g. it is resolutely opposed to compulsory education for Muslim girls.

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