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Institutions In Action

John Renard

in Islam and Christianity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520255081
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948334 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255081.003.0007
Institutions In Action

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This chapter explores outward expressions of divinely sanctioned authority and power through religious institutional connections with politics, education, and the theological implications of the architecture of religious institutions. Many Muslims through the centuries have treasured a notion of the ideal Umma as a perfect amalgam of religious and civil authority, and many Christians have historically resisted the threat of domination that such a notion presented. However real that threat may have been at various times, the scenario of a unitary religio-political Muslim rule presupposes several conditions that one looks for in vain in the history of Islamic political regimes. One of the first developments in institutional education was the evolution of the cathedral school, beginning at York. Historically, Muslim children with access to traditional primary curricula received solid grounding in literacy, grammar, arithmetic, and the basics of Muslim faith and practice. Architecture projects that religious institutions have symbolically-meaningful theological values, not only to members of a faith community but to outsiders as well.

Keywords: religious institutions; politics; education; architecture; Islam; faith community

Chapter.  8337 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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