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Putting Islam to Work: Education, Politics, and Religious Transformation in Egypt

Gregory Starrett


The development of mass education and the mass media have transformed the Islamic tradition in contemporary Egypt and the wider Muslim world. This book focuses on the historical interplay of power and public culture, showing how these new forms of communication and a growing state interest in religious instruction have changed the way the Islamic tradition is reproduced. During the twentieth century, new styles of religious education, based not on the recitation of sacred texts but on moral indoctrination, have been harnessed for use in economic, political, and social development programs. Mor ... More

Keywords: mass education, mass media, Islamic tradition, Egypt, power, public culture, communication, religious instruction, religious education, moral indoctrination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780520209268
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520209268.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory Starrett, author