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Pesantren or Pondok Pesantren is an Indonesian word for schools with an Islamic focus. Although students follow curriculum approved by the state, their studies include many offerings in Arabic, Koranic literature, and Islamic law. A school is most commonly a place designated for learning. ... Islam (Arabic: ; ) is a monotheistic religion based on the Quran. ...

Within the Pesantren students follow a regimented lifestyle structured around the five daily prayers (Shallat) required of all Muslims. Truancy may be punished by assigning miscreants to latrine duty, or worse, to cleaning out the open sewers of debris to prevent flooding [citation needed].

All pesantren are led by a group of teachers and religious leaders known as Kyai. The Kyai is largely the great-grandchildren of the Pesantren's founder. The Kyai is respected as teacher and devout man, some are even reputed to have supernatural powers.

Many of the Kyai have worked to ensure that their students learn practical skills in addition to their religious training.

Most Pesantren in Indonesia is under control by Nahdlatul Ulama but some independent. The Nahdatul Ulama, known as Nahdlatul Ulama or NU, is a traditionalist conservative Sunni Islam group in Indonesia. ...



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