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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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Security and Belief

Security and Belief

The Transformation of Social Status

(p.166) 7 Security and Belief
The Prophet's Pulpit

Patrick D. Gaffney

University of California Press

The progression of status changes represents a preacher describing a movement on the part of the Prophet through a series of social transformations. This advance follows a pattern of steps that may easily be restated in terms of Arnold van Gennep's three famous phases: separation, liminality, and incorporation. Moreover, the focus of the preacher is largely concentrated on the intermediary stage, the liminal or “non-structural” phase which is dramatized by the Prophet's experiences in the desert, marked by his encounter with the jinn, who grant him security, and later his negotiations to settle in Medina and then the actual emigration. Meanwhile, Shaykh Uthman takes seriously the role of the mosque as engine of security.

Keywords:   social transformations, Prophet, Arnold van Gennep, liminality, Shaykh Uthman

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