Creating an Object

Gregory Starrett

in Putting Islam to Work

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780520209268
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520919303 | DOI:
Creating an Object

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This chapter introduces Egyptian religious culture, focusing on one aspect of this culture, namely the use of a modern public-school system to teach children about Islam and introduce them to God's official public persona. It argues that the increasing control of religious discourse in Egyptian public life since the 1970s is a basic result of Egypt's institutional transformation instead of an accidental by-product of its present political and economic difficulties. The chapter studies the anthropology of Islam and the relevance of social reproduction and cultural production to understanding broader anthropological questions, also looking at the history and typology of religion/secularism and tradition/modernity.

Keywords: Egyptian religious culture; public-school system; God; public persona; Islam; religious discourse; institutional transformation; anthropology of Islam; religion/secularism; tradition/modernity

Chapter.  6843 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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