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Putting Islam to WorkEducation, Politics, and Religious Transformation in Egypt$
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Gregory Starrett

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520209268

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520209268.001.0001

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Learning About God

Learning About God

(p.89) CHAPTER 4 Learning About God
Putting Islam to Work

Gregory Starrett

University of California Press

This chapter shows how the Egyptians learned about God outside the classroom, starting with the postmodern knowledge about God, which can be found in the bedtime stories Egyptian mothers told their children. It discusses the westernized Egyptian and authentic Islamic cultures, and the importance of parental practices and the child's imitation in religious socialization. Next, the chapter views the school as the first primary and public institution where children learn about God. The Nasr Language School, the revival of Kuttab, and the other places where Islam can be taught or learned outside of a religion class are discussed.

Keywords:   postmodern knowledge, westernized Egyptian, Islamic cultures, parental practices, religious socialization, Nasr Language School, Kuttab

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