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The Prophet's PulpitIslamic Preaching in Contemporary Egypt$
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Patrick Gaffney

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520084711

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520084711.001.0001

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Creativity and Adaptation

Creativity and Adaptation

The Preacher as Advocate of Religiously Inspired Modernity

(p.208) 10 Creativity and Adaptation
The Prophet's Pulpit

Patrick D. Gaffney

University of California Press

This chapter discusses another sermon, delivered on Friday, December 15, 1978, by Shaykh Uthman. There he served to demonstrate the rhetoric strategy associated with metaphor. This technique, based on the presentation of extended allegories and aided by nimble leaps of code-switching, produces the calculated transfer of properties from the sacred to the mundane. The fact that Shaykh Uthman rejects standard religious garb while playing lightly with possible substitutes also fits together with his entirely secular education and his career choice. He is a product of that liberal era that regarded the ignorance and backwardness of Muslims as the major obstacle to progress toward an Islamic Order that would incorporate the science of the West into the spiritual culture of Islam.

Keywords:   Shaykh Uthman, sermon, metaphor, Islamic Oder, Muslim backwardness

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