Growing Up: Four Stories

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:
Growing Up: Four Stories

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This chapter examines the four areas where the interests of the state interact with the life cycle of the shabab. These are sexual development and marriage, the awakening of political consciousness and the start of economic activity, the development of attitudes toward official religious institutions, and the role of educational and public outreach programs. The chapter studies the stories about the transition, as they are told on the radio, the textbook, and the newspaper. It clarifies the political implications of this “mediated” Islam and introduces a religious authority that is based on the creation and use of mass literacy, which eventually destabilizes the relationship between traditional religious elites and the public and secular professionals.

Keywords: state interests; shabab life cycle; mediated Islam; religious authority; mass literacy; secular professionals; religious elites; public outreach programs; religious institutions

Chapter.  15038 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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