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The Authority of Preachers

Patrick D. Gaffney

in The Prophet's Pulpit

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1994 | ISBN: 9780520084711
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520914582 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520084711.003.0003
The Authority of Preachers

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In order to understand Islam in “local contexts”, the task must be to combine a recognition of immediate social spheres with those relationships of continuity that make for participation in a greater totality. This entails the description and analysis of key facets of what members of a given local community regard as its explicitly “Islamic” elements within a larger framework of shifting social, ideological, political, and economic circumstances. The messages and ideas are conveyed through mosque at different levels of complexity. This chapter turns to an exploration of the role of the preacher in the local context in conjunction with the related ideals and recent developments which define his cultural identity and the social basis of his authority.

Keywords: Islamic elements; mosque; preacher; cultural identity; social spheres

Chapter.  12903 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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