I like the idea of having a secular school system that is more in line with Pakistan's identity as a Muslim country, which is what these schools do.
The NYTimes' inexplicable decision to compare them to madrassahs or religious schools is pointless. The Turkish schools teach secular subjects not religious ones, but try to retain some sense of an Islamic culture, which I can tell you as someone living in Karachi, has often completely disappeared in some schools. Religion enters and leaves school with religious students or teachers but isn't a part of the school itself.
I don't have a problem with Turks, even in light of the insane changes the Turkish government is forcing on people. The religious ones are cool by me. These schools seem harmless, so long as they continue to stick by basic Sunni/Hanafi aqidah... (rather than that whack new Islam the Turkish government is trying to invent by rewriting Hadith and all sorts of things).
I also don't have a problem with this idea of the old 'Ottoman Empire' reasserting itself. I actually find it hilarious and refreshing amidst Turkey's anti-Islam tilt in recent decades. It's especially funny when the secular Turks "suspect" the religious ones. Suspect them of what? Wanting to return to the status of a superpower within the Islamic world? It's like they assume they'll automatically be successful at such an endeavour IF they chose to try. Sorry guys, the torch of Islam seems to have been passed on.
I DO have a problem with stuff like this:
I'd like to tell this guy that first off, that's a smart thing to say. It's true. Secondly, it's also an idiotic thing to say in PAKISTAN of all places where thousands upon thousands of people are enrolled in degree programs at Islamic schools/madrassahs. You ignore all the people with credentials then complain that they don't exist? Pakistanis need help.Mr. Aail said: “Doctors and lawyers have to show their degrees. But when it comes to mullahs, no one asks them for their qualifications. They don’t have knowledge, but they are influential.”
What will be interesting is how will graduates of these schools view the other religious Pakistanis from poorer backgrounds or those without secular educations and only religious credentials? And how will they view other secular Pakistanis (who often tend to be relatively anti-Islamic)?
There's too few of these institutions to matter anyhow.