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Popular Research Methodology Literature in Political Science

A survey of library catalogues of some of the leading universities worldwide offering courses in political science reveals that new publications on research methodology used in the discipline and published during the last 20 years almost equal, if not surpass, other areas of major concern in the discipline. It appears that the internal and external turmoil experienced by states and the waxing and waning of ideologies have influenced the disciplinary concerns of researchers. Has this influenced a widening or closeting of the horizons of knowledge creation and its correlate, the tools of enquiry? What kinds of texts are popularly used? How useful are they for the developing world?

Community Radio and Empowerment

Community radio is supposed to empower the marginalised and give them a voice. Given the lack of objective outputs by which to measure the outcome, it is necessary to look at the subjective aspects of its impact. A study of short-lived community radio project in West Bengal illustrates how it became so central to the self-representation of the people and how it managed to overcome the divide between the programme and the listener.

A Transformation of a Begum

of a Begum A Woman of Substance, the Memoirs of Begum Khurshid Mirza (1918-1989) edited and compiled by Lubna Kazim with a foreword by Gail Minault Zubaan; an imprint of Kali for Women, New Delhi, 2005; pp xxv + 245 (hardcover), no index, Rs 450.

`Views on Islam and the West

While the ?war on terror? rages, some voices continue to remain unheard. This article records the impressions of two women, one, a diplomat and the other, a migrant politician in Britain, to show the diversity of perspectives that exists in the Islamic world and that a solution to the conflict will remain elusive as long as the two sides refuse to critically engage with each other.

Madrasa Education, State and Community Consciousness

How does education foster a sense of identity? This article looks at the madrasa system of education in West Bengal in an attempt to understand its role in shaping Muslim identity. While different madrasas cater to different groups within the community, the schools, whether government supported or non-government run, also differ in the range of subjects they offer. What emerges also is that while the state government ostensibly supports madrasas, very little is done to improve their conditions either by way of infrastructure or curricula reforms. Madrasas, despite being the focus of attention and concern, continue to function in relative isolation, doing little to alleviate the poverty of the ordinary Muslim in the state.

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