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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 Mosque and the Cult of the Saint

The Mosque and the Cult of the Saint

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(p.56) 3 The Mosque and the Cult of the Saint
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The Prophet's Pulpit
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Patrick D. Gaffney

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520084711.003.0004

The influence of contemporary reform-minded Muslims can be seen in the architectural partition that separates the mosque proper from the cupola shrine by an appreciable distance. The compromise struck between doctrine and devotion, between scripturalism and personalism, took shape in stone in the form of this composite. The resulting double functions are conjoined but only partially integrated. Nor is it clear whether reverence for the wali was slighted by this fusion or whether the status of the present grand mosque has been elevated by its proximity to the shrine. This question, which touches directly on the question of the preacher's role, might be pursued further by contrasting the conditions here with those of other local saints' cults. The dichotomy comes rather in the puritanical tenets of Islamism which refute the charms of the saint as magic and the learning of the scholar as complacent blind imitation.

Keywords:   mosque proper, cupola shrine, saint cults, Islamism, scripturalism

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