ma·​dras·​sa | \ mə-ˈdra-sə How to pronounce madrassa (audio) , -ˈdrä-\
variants: or madrasa or less commonly madrassah or madrasah

Definition of madrassa

: a Muslim school, college, or university that is often part of a mosque

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Noor’s madrassa was shut down, so Mr. Ahmed rallied parents to start a makeshift one nearby. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "‘All Our Lives They Wanted to Ruin Us.’ For Decades, Myanmar Sought to Drive Out Rohingya," 23 Nov. 2018 But madrassas are not the only source of Pakistan’s Islamic education. Madiha Afzal, Washington Post, "Malala is building more schools in Pakistan. That’s not likely to reduce support for extremism.," 7 Apr. 2018 Witnesses reached by telephone said the mosque was also a madrassa, or religious school, and that members of the Taliban had been present at the assembly, which had been organized to recognize graduates, appoint mullahs, and elevate junior mullahs. New York Times,, "Afghan military strike kills at least 70 at mosque," 2 Apr. 2018 The Taliban claimed the strike hit a madrassa, or a religious school, during a graduation ceremony, killing dozens of civilians. Fox News, "Pakistan students pray for victims of airstrike in Kunduz," 11 Apr. 2018 Abdullah Qarloq, a senator from the district, said the Afghan military struck the Akhundzada Gojor madrassa, or religious school, during a graduation ceremony. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "Afghan air force faces criticism after reports that airstrike on Taliban target killed civilians," 3 Apr. 2018 All clerics are government vetted; all madrassas are government controlled and infiltrated by undercover informants. Julia Ioffe, The Atlantic, "Why Does Uzbekistan Export So Many Terrorists?," 1 Nov. 2017 Ehsanullah Amiri wove carpets for $100 a month to help support his family, while Habib Khan Totakhil studied in a madrassa in the ultraconservative tribal areas. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "A Reporter’s Anguished Farewell to Afghanistan," 18 Aug. 2017 The family later moved to Saudi Arabia, where Mr. Ullah was educated in a madrassa, or Islamic school. James Hookway, WSJ, "The Muslim Militant at the Heart of Myanmar’s Rohingya Exodus," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of madrassa

1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for madrassa

Arabic madrasa

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