Author(s): Mustafa SAFA

In Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia traditional madrasah education is being tried to be kept alive and revitalized for the upbringing of religious functionaries and scholars, in addition to modern educational institutions. Today, the madrasahs, which operate as a non -governmental organization, are distant from the modern education by expressing that they do their own training in real Islamic sciences within modern physical conditions. In A?r?, which is a border city of Eastern Anatolia, traditional religious education is paralleled by modern religious education, and at the same time it is tried to be maintained in indirect relations with modern education. Madrasah education is provided by volunteer scholars who are trying to transfer the traditional religious education to the new generation in the modern period. The students join this education usually after finishing secondary school, and simultaneously enroll in Imam-Hatip high schools. Students who are continuing madrasah education usually finish high school in the process and proceed with distance education of theology associate degree program. Some of the students who are currently studying in the madrasah, or who have already completed the madrasah education, complete their undergraduate education by participating in formal education or distance education theology undergraduate programs. In this study, we tried to determine the perceptions and thoughts of madrasah students who took traditional religious education in centers in the city center of A?r?. The research is limited to madrasah students who pursue traditional religious education in the city center of A?r?. We asked the students; What is modernization? Is the society we live in is a modern society? Does living a modern life mean abandonment of religion? About the Qur'an and Sunnah which are accepted as the basis of the morality of the Muslim; Is it impossible to experience Quran and Sunnah in a modern society? In the framework of scientific development, technological innovation and modern life standards in our country, we tried to understand whether students accept our society as a modern society like other societies that are accepted as modern, and their view of modernization and modernity.


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