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Reversing the colonial warp in education: A decolonial encounter with Muhammad Iqbal

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Shoaib Ul Haq



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Springer Nature, 2022.

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In this paper, I study management and business education in Pakistan to evaluate their suitability for the local context and their compatibility with Islamic philosophy of education. I use decolonial theory and Iqbalian poetry to craft an evaluative lens for management education and to generate an alternative critical discourse grounded in theology. I found that utilitarianism and managerialism taught in the business schools is creating “captive minds” and is not compatible with traditional Pakistani norms and values. I use decolonial theorists’ idea of pluriversality to offer an alternative. In this manner, I contribute to the critical educational philosophy by showing its parochial character. I argue that addressing the legacy of colonialism is important to develop an emancipatory and new way of thinking about education.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ul-Haq S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Higher Education

Year: 2022

Volume: 84

Pages: 399-414

Print publication date: 01/08/2022

Online publication date: 06/10/2021

Acceptance date: 30/09/2021

Date deposited: 09/09/2022

ISSN (print): 0018-1560

ISSN (electronic): 1573-174X

Publisher: Springer Nature


DOI: 10.1007/s10734-021-00773-w


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