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The Anthropology of Islamic LawEducation, Ethics, and Legal Interpretation at Egypt's Al-Azhar$
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Aria Nakissa

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190932886

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190932886.001.0001

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Transforming the Act of Reading

Transforming the Act of Reading

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(p.247) 9 Transforming the Act of Reading
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The Anthropology of Islamic Law
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Aria Nakissa

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190932886.003.0010

This chapter combines ethnography and textual analysis to examine how modern reform has progressively marginalized the pedagogy of taking from the mouths of shaykhs. Inside al-Azhar and the Dār al-ʿUlūm, this pedagogy has been displaced by new reading practices tied to new types of texts. The chapter discusses how new reading practices and texts were promoted by religious reformers like ʿAbduh and Riḍā. It also discusses how such reading practices and texts relate to the two primary modes of instruction inside al-Azhar and the Dār al-ʿUlūm: namely “text-based study” and “topic-based study.”

Keywords:   Islam, Egypt, education, al-Azhar, Dār al-ʿUlūm, orality, print

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