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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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The Authority of Preachers

The Authority of Preachers

(p.27) 2 The Authority of Preachers
The Prophet's Pulpit

Patrick D. Gaffney

University of California Press

In order to understand Islam in “local contexts”, the task must be to combine a recognition of immediate social spheres with those relationships of continuity that make for participation in a greater totality. This entails the description and analysis of key facets of what members of a given local community regard as its explicitly “Islamic” elements within a larger framework of shifting social, ideological, political, and economic circumstances. The messages and ideas are conveyed through mosque at different levels of complexity. This chapter turns to an exploration of the role of the preacher in the local context in conjunction with the related ideals and recent developments which define his cultural identity and the social basis of his authority.

Keywords:   Islamic elements, mosque, preacher, cultural identity, social spheres

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