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Formalization and Structure

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/9780520084711.003.0010
Formalization and Structure

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The sermon delivered by Shaykh Mustafa on May 18, 1979, represents a local version of the most common type of preaching heard in the government mosques of Egypt. The mood of dissatisfaction and unrest with shades of depression among the young professionals working in government service who are caught up in these conditions seems especially hard on mosque preachers posted far from home. Their highly public religious identity excludes them from partaking inconspicuously in many of the leisure activities that are available to their professional colleagues in other fields who might share their incommodious exile. In Minya itself, as well as in several of the surrounding villages, there are a number of these preachers from the Delta assigned to work in mosques, men of roughly Shaykh Mustafa's own age.

Keywords: Shaykh Mustafa; government mosques; Egypt; sermon; Minya

Chapter.  6225 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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