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

Examples of madrassa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Afghan Taliban movement was spawned in a radical madrassa in Pakistan’s northwest border region, and Lashkar-e-Taiba, a violent anti-India insurgency, was incubated in madrassas in Punjab province. Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2021 Fabricated rumors that Obama was a secret Muslim, had been born in Kenya and educated at an Islamic madrassa as a young boy in Indonesia abounded. Peniel Joseph, CNN, 3 Aug. 2021 For generations, the region’s Buddhist and Zoroastrian temples, ornate mosques and madrassas, ancient bazaars and breathtaking natural landscapes were hidden behind the Iron Curtain, then enveloped by dictatorship, poverty, social turmoil and war. Charly Wilder, New York Times, 10 Mar. 2020 In 2006, only 7% of Muslim children of school-going age (7-19 years) attended a madrassa. Sharik Laliwala, Quartz India, 20 Feb. 2020 The nunnery looked oddly like a women’s madrassa in Qom, the country’s religious centre, and the audience seemed thrilled by a female rebel challenging the stifling atmosphere. The Economist, 28 Jan. 2020 Located in the Muslim-majority town of Gisenyi, at the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Islamic center houses a mosque and a madrassa, or religious school. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, 16 Jan. 2020 In 2009 Bangladeshi forces raided a madrassa funded by Green Crescent and found weapons and extremist literature. The Economist, 19 Sep. 2019 The remaining Rohingya children who attend neither UNICEF classes nor madrassas are simply left to fill their own day. Rubayat Jesmin, The Conversation, 24 July 2019 See More

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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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“Madrassa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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