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Title:The prophet's pulpit: Islamic preaching in contemporary Egypt
Author:Gaffney, Patrick D.ISNI
Series:Comparative studies on muslim societies; 20
City of publisher:Berkeley, CA
Publisher:University of California Press
ISBN:0520084713; 0520084721
Geographic term:Egypt
Islamic movements
Abstract:This study of religious authority in the contemporary Islamic world is based on several periods of field research in Egypt between 1977 and 1991. It focuses on the preacher and his Friday sermon as the single most important medium for propounding the message of Islam. Muslim preaching has been central in forming public opinion, building grassroots organizations, and developing leadership cadres for the wider Islamist agenda. Three types of preachers are distinguished: the traditional scholar and ethical teacher, the sufi priest-magician, and the militant holy warrior. Analysing sermons from all three, the author demonstrates the authority that the preacher embodies in the larger society. He traces the development of Islamic fundamentalism and compares it with official Islam. Three actual sermons, transcribed from recordings made in the mosques in 1978 and 1979, are presented in their entirety.