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Learning About God

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520209268.003.0004
Learning About God

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This chapter shows how the Egyptians learned about God outside the classroom, starting with the postmodern knowledge about God, which can be found in the bedtime stories Egyptian mothers told their children. It discusses the westernized Egyptian and authentic Islamic cultures, and the importance of parental practices and the child's imitation in religious socialization. Next, the chapter views the school as the first primary and public institution where children learn about God. The Nasr Language School, the revival of Kuttab, and the other places where Islam can be taught or learned outside of a religion class are discussed.

Keywords: postmodern knowledge; westernized Egyptian; Islamic cultures; parental practices; religious socialization; Nasr Language School; Kuttab

Chapter.  15627 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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