Photo portrait of gigantic Islamic boarding school in Indonesia


Lirboyo is a huge traditional ‘pesantren’ (Islamic boarding schools) in Indonesia. Located in Kediri, East Java, the boarding school is home to roughly 17,000 students, or ‘santri’. It was founded in 1910 by KH Abdul Karim. Its pupils and students spend their days reading the Quran, studying Islamic scriptures and learning Arabic. They have around 20 hours of activities daily, beginning at 4am and finishing at midnight.

Students skullcaps are seen hanging on the wall with the Lirboyo founder pictures hanging above
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Students skullcaps are seen hanging on the wall with the Lirboyo founder pictures hanging above

 

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Students listen to their teacher durying their studies

 

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A student holds prayer beads 

 

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A student helps cut his friends hair

 

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Students learn Islamic scriptures on the roof top

 

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Students learn to write in Arabic  

 

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Students learn Islamic scriptures on the roof top

 

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A student smokes as they learn Islamic scriptures

 

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Students sleep inside their room

 

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A foot is seen poking out of a room as a student walks inside the dormitories

 

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A student writes in Arabic as they learn Islamic scriptures

 

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Students read the Quran at ancestral graves

 

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A student looks out of a window from his room

 

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Achmad Saputra, aged 9, looks out of a window from his room

 

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Students walk in line after Friday prayers

 

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Students shoes are seen as they prepare to perform Friday prayers

 

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Students perform Friday prayers

 

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A student after taking a bath

 

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Students learning Islamic scriptures

Source: ibtimes.co.uk

Author: Hassan Khazaal

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