madressa, noun

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Also with initial capital.
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Arabic, EnglishShow more Adaptation of Arabic madrasa college, school. Cf. general English madrasah.
A Muslim school, operating after normal school hours and teaching children subjects such as Islamic history, Islamic belief, and the reading and reciting of the Arabic Qu’ran.
1949 E. Hellmann Handbk on Race Rel. 582The Muslims have their mosques and madressas where religion is formally taught to the young and old.
1979 S. Afr. Panorama Dec. 25Muslim educational institutions such as the madressas attached to the mosques.
1981 Sunday Times 12 July 1Children attend secular schools in the morning, the madressa in the afternoon, where they are instructed in the Koran.
A Muslim school, operating after normal school hours and teaching children subjects such as Islamic history, Islamic belief, and the reading and reciting of the Arabic Qu’ran.
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