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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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Growing Up: Four Stories

Growing Up: Four Stories

(p.154) CHAPTER 6 Growing Up: Four Stories
Putting Islam to Work

Gregory Starrett

University of California Press

This chapter examines the four areas where the interests of the state interact with the life cycle of the shabab. These are sexual development and marriage, the awakening of political consciousness and the start of economic activity, the development of attitudes toward official religious institutions, and the role of educational and public outreach programs. The chapter studies the stories about the transition, as they are told on the radio, the textbook, and the newspaper. It clarifies the political implications of this “mediated” Islam and introduces a religious authority that is based on the creation and use of mass literacy, which eventually destabilizes the relationship between traditional religious elites and the public and secular professionals.

Keywords:   state interests, shabab life cycle, mediated Islam, religious authority, mass literacy, secular professionals, religious elites, public outreach programs, religious institutions

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