Security and Belief

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:
Security and Belief

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The progression of status changes represents a preacher describing a movement on the part of the Prophet through a series of social transformations. This advance follows a pattern of steps that may easily be restated in terms of Arnold van Gennep's three famous phases: separation, liminality, and incorporation. Moreover, the focus of the preacher is largely concentrated on the intermediary stage, the liminal or “non-structural” phase which is dramatized by the Prophet's experiences in the desert, marked by his encounter with the jinn, who grant him security, and later his negotiations to settle in Medina and then the actual emigration. Meanwhile, Shaykh Uthman takes seriously the role of the mosque as engine of security.

Keywords: social transformations; Prophet; Arnold van Gennep; liminality; Shaykh Uthman

Chapter.  7908 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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